Holiday Program Ideas


Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed.  Each family member can only blow in one direction.  Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right.  To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.

Some versions of this story:

Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney.  The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”

Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”

American Folklore

Christmas in Terse Verse

A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane

A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly

A Christmas carol that seems to go on forever is a …long song

A really great looking evergreen is a …fine pine

A lone little Christmas bell is a …single jingle

To recall the last month of the year, you …remember December


Here is the chimney

Here is the top

Open the lid

And out Santa will pop

Mix and Stir
Mix and stir (Draw circles on baby’s tummy or overhead.)
and pat in the pan. (Pat baby’s tummy.)
I’m going to make a gingerbread man (Outline baby’s shoulders with your fingers.)
with a nose so neat (Touch baby’s nose.)
and a smile so sweet (Touch baby’s mouth.)
and gingerbread shoes
on his gingerbread feet. (Give baby’s toes a tickle or a pat if they’re not up for tickling.)


We Wish You a Merry Christmas and include action rhymes.

Let’s all do a little _____.

Let’s all do a little _____.

Let’s all do a little _____.

Spread  holiday cheer.

Some movements:











There is a jolly, jolly man

And Santa is his name-o.


And Santa is his name-o.


Who laughs this way – ho ho ho?


Who drives sleigh through sleet and snow


His hair is white, his suit is red.

He wears a hat to cover his head

Who brings fun for girls and boys?


Must Be Santa

Complete Lyrics

Cheat Sheet Lyrics

Beard long and white

Who comes out on a special night

Who’s got boots and a suit of red

Who wears a long cap on his head

Who’s got a great big cherry nose?

Who laughs this way ho, ho, ho

Who very soon will come our way?

Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh?

Reindeer sleigh

Come our way

Ho, ho, ho

Cherry nose

Cap on head

Suit that’s red

Special night

Beard that’s white

Raffi Version

Brave Combo Polka Version


(tune Twinkle, Twinkle)
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, everywhere!
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.


Hanukkah Craft

Menorah Hand Drawing – Lay both hands down on paper. Try to keep your thumbs out of the way while someone traces around the four fingers of each hand.  Lift hands and draw one big candle in the middle.  Decorate with torn paper scraps.

Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy


Mkeka Mat for Kwanzaa – Fold red, green, yellow or black felt square (or paper) in half.  Cut slits into folded edge about one inch apart, but don’t cut all the way through.  Cut one inch strips from a contrasting color or colors and weave in and out of slits. Glue ends down.

Resources and Other Fun Stuff

Merry Christmas, Many Ways

Belguim – Zalig Kerstfeest

China – Sheng Tan Kuui Loh

DENMARK – Glaedelig Jul

ENGLAND – Happy Christmas

FINLAND – Hauskaa Joulua

FRANCE – Joyeux Noel

GERMANY – Froehliche Weihnachten


IRELAND – Nodlaig mhaith chugnat

ITALY – Buone Natalizie

MEXICO – Feliz Navidad

NETHERLANDS – Hartelijke Kerstroeten

NORWAY – Gledelig Jul

POLAND – Boze Narodzenie

PORTUGAL – Boas Festas

RUMANIA – Saratori vesele

RUSSIA – Hristos Razdajetsja

SERBIA – Hristos se rodi

SPAIN – elices Pascuuas

SWEDEN – God Jul

WALES – Nadolig Llawen

Gift Givers From Around the World

Santa Claus (Santa Klaas)– United States

St. Nicolas – Europe

Father Christmas – England

Kolyada and Baboushka – Russia

Kriss Kringle (Kriss Kindlein)– Germany

Pere Noel – French

Christmas Elf, St. Lucia – Scandinavia

Wise men – Spain

Befana – Italy

Sinterklass – Dutch

Mikulas – Hungarian

Book Collection for Children in Your Community

Rhonda Bass at the Groesbeck Public Library shared this information about a program they do every holiday season. The main goal is to collect new books for very young children in their community.

First they decorate a large box with wrapping paper. A sign is attached to the box explaining the program. They use the same logo every year to help.

Next the boxes are delivered to community sponsors to collect the books. Their sponsors include the courthouse, churches, restaurants and the Brookshire’s grocery store. Rhonda puts an announcement in the paper letting people know about the program and that they are collecting news books, not gently used ones.

Once the books are collected they are distributed to the children at the Head Start, and a child care center. Each child gets a book. Extra books are given to the teachers to use in their classrooms and the library to be added to their collection.

Rhonda then writes an article for the paper thanking the sponsors and everyone who contributed books. This program is easy to implement and creates a wonderful community project.

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