Llega la Navidad y el Año Nuevo y es una época de muchas emociones para los pequeños. Las luces, los colores brillantes, la anticipación de los regalos...todo hace que sea un época llena de magia a la que es difícil resistirse.

Para empezar nosotros seguimos la tradición del calendario de adviento que ayuda a saber cuántos días quedan para el GRAN día.

Otra de las tradiciones es cantar villancicos el mes entero. Me encantan, incluso los canto fuera de temporada. Naia que ahora va a cumplir 5 años, muestra mucho interés por aprenderse los villancicos. Los pongo para levantarnos por la mañana o para bailar en la tarde.

Voy a compartir los que recuerdo con más cariño de mi infancia. De hecho, tenía un cassette que ponía todos los años y sigue guardado en algún cajón de esta casa.

Mis top ten:

1. Rudolph the red nose reindeer.

2. Jingle Bells.

3. Santa Claus is coming to town.

4. Frosty the snowman.

5. Silent night.

6. 12 days of christmas.

7. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.

8. Deck the Hall.

9. We wish you a merry Christmas.

10. Away in a manger.

Más abajo te dejo la letra y también una lista de reproducción con los vídeos de las canciones:

Para los que tengan Apple pueden ver la lista en este enlace: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpM1UfGBNQlBZuEydx9lsLBjM3OFRvDmC

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Esta es una divertida canción de uno de los renos de Papá Noel que se llama Rudolph. Su nariz es roja y por eso sus amigos se ríen de él. Pero es gracias a su nariz que ilumina el camino para hacer llegar los regalos a su destino.

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

had a very shiny nose.

And if you ever saw him,

you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer

used to laugh and call him names.

They never let poor Rudolph

join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,

Santa came to say,

"Rudolph, with your nose so bright,

won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him

as they shouted out with glee,

"Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,

you'll go down in history!"

2. Jingle Bells

Esta canción es muy fácil de aprender y es de las primeras que aprenden los niños.

Dashing through the snow

In a one horse open sleigh

O'er the fields we go

Laughing all the way

Bells on bob tails ring

Making spirits bright

What fun it is to laugh and sing

A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago

I thought I'd take a ride

And soon Miss Fanny Bright

Was seated by my side

The horse was lean and lank

Misfortune seemed his lot

He got into a drifted bank

And we, we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh yeah

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle bells, jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride

In a one horse open sleigh

3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Esta canción habla de cómo los niños deben portarse bien y obedecer a sus padres si quieren tener regalos de Navidad.

You better watch out

You better not cry

Better not pout

I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list

And checking it twice;

He's gonna find out Who's naughty and nice

Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping

He knows when you're awake

He knows if you've been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake!

Oh! You better watch out!

You better not cry

Better not pout

I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town

4. Frosty the Snowman

Esta canción habla de un muñeco de nieve que juega con los niños que le hicieron. Pero a medida que calienta el sol, el muñeco se derrite.

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,

With a corncob pipe and a button nose

and two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale, they say,

He was made of snow but the children

know how he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that

old silk hat they found.

For when they placed it on his head

he began to dance around.

O, Frosty the snowman

was alive as he could be,

And the children say he could laugh

and play just the same as you and me.

Thumpetty thump thump,

thumpety thump thump,

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,

thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow.

Frosty the snowman knew

the sun was hot that day,

So he said, "Let's run and

we'll have some fun

now before I melt away."

Down to the village,

with a broomstick in his hand,

Running here and there all

around the square saying,

Catch me if you can.

He led them down the streets of town

right to the traffic cop.

And he only paused a moment when

he heard him holler "Stop!"

For Frosty the snow man

had to hurry on his way,

But he waved goodbye saying,

"Don't you cry,

I'll be back again some day."

Thumpetty thump thump,

thumpety thump thump,

Look at Frosty go.

Thumpetty thump thump,

thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow.

5. Silent Night

Un villancico clásico. Habla del nacimiento de Jesús y por qué los cristianos celebran la Navidad.

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin, mother and child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia

Christ the savior is born

Christ the savior is born

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus Lord, at thy birth

Jesus Lord, at thy birth

6. The 12-day of Christmas

Esta es una de mis favoritas. Habla de los 12 días previos a la Navidad y como su amor le va regalando algo diferente en cada día. Las cosas que regala son una locura!! Ayudará a los más pequeños a recordar los números en inglés.

On the first day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

Four calling birds, etc.

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fifth day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

Five golden rings!

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the [sixth - twelfth] day of Christmas

My true love sent to me

Six geese a laying

Seven swans a-swimming

Eight maids a-milking

Nine ladies dancing

10 lords a-leaping

11 pipers piping

12 drummers drumming

Five golden rings!

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

7. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth

Esta original canción hace referencia a un niño que ha perdido sus dos dientes delanteros y le cuesta felicitar las fiestas. Esta canción es ideal si a tu peque ya se le están cayendo los dientes de leche.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,

My two front teeth, see my two front teeth.

Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth,

Then I could wish you "Merry Christmas."

It seems so long since I could say,

"Sister Susie sitting on a thistle."

Gosh, oh gee, how happy I'd be

If I could only whistle.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth,

My two front teeth, see my two front teeth

Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth,

Then I could wish you "Merry Christmas."

8. Deck the Hall

Esta canción data desde el siglo 16. Mozart hizo algunos cambios en el siglo 18.

Deck the hall with boughs of holly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

'Tis the season to be jolly

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

Troll the ancient yuletide carol

Fa la la la la, la la la la

See the blazing yule before us

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Strike the harp and join the chorus

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Follow me in merry measure

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

While I tell of yuletide treasure

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the old year passes

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Sing we joyous, all together

Fa la la, la la la, la la la

Heedless of the wind and weather

Fa la la la la, la la la la

9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Esta canción es muy sencilla de aprender y muy alegre.

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

And a happy new year

Chorus:

Good tidings we bring

To you and your kin

Good tidings for Christmas

And a happy new year

Now bring us some figgy pudding

Now bring us some figgy pudding

Now bring us some figgy pudding

And a cup of good cheer

(chorus)

We won't go until we get some

We won't go until we get some

We won't go until we get some

So bring some out here

(chorus)

10. Away in a Manger

Esta canción se aprende tradicionalmente en la escuelita dominical.

Away in a manger,

No crib for His bed

The little Lord Jesus

Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky

Looked down where He lay

The little Lord Jesus

Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing

The poor Baby wakes

But little Lord Jesus

No crying He makes

I love Thee, Lord Jesus

Look down from the sky

And stay by my side,

'Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,

I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever

And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children

In Thy tender care

And take us to heaven

To live with Thee there