One of the challenges of teaching traditional Christmas songs to emerging speakers is that the language in the songs does often not resonate with young children. In “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, good tidings, kin, figgy pudding, etc. are all interesting words but not terms that young learners with small vocabularies can latch on to. Adding some simple action verbs allows young learners to interact with the song right away, and as their language develops, they can “graduate” to the traditional versions.
Check out this amazing video from Eva and her students in Slovakia. Now this is what Christmas looks like!
Super Simple Songs – Christmas includes this version and a karaoke track so you can add your own actions to the song.