Find my most current year’s CD HERE.
Every year for Christmas, our primary hands out a music CD as our Christmas gift. It contains all of next year’s program songs plus an extra 2 songs for each month (36 songs total – 3 songs per month).
I’ve gone through the 2014 outline and picked songs for each month that go along with that month’s theme (a majority of the extra songs are found in that month’s sharing time as suggestions). I figure a CD with only 8 songs is kind of a waste so I include a few for each month which I will eventually use as all my opening songs throughout the year.
To start, I create a document that contains all my songs. You can find that document at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are at the bottom of this post.
I submitted my list to my Primary President to get everything approved. But for easy viewing, here is my song list (for May I chose Keep the Commandments, and June I chose Family History-I am Doing it).
Here’s my 2014 Primary Music CD song list:
1. He Sent His Son p. 34
2. I Know My Father Lives p. 5
3. I Lived in Heaven p. 4
4. I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164
5. My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228
6. The Lord Gave Me a Temple p. 153
7. I Stand All Amazed hymn 193
8. Did Jesus Really Live Again? p. 64
9. Beautiful Savior p. 62
10. The Family is of God outline
11. Families Can Be Together Forever p. 188
12. A Happy Family p. 198
13. Keep the Commandments p. 146
14. Follow the Prophet p. 110
15. Quickly I’ll Obey p. 197
16. Family History-I Am Doing It p. 94
17. Love is Spoken Here p. 190
18. I Love to See the Temple p. 95
19. Baptism p. 100
20. The Holy Ghost p. 105
21. I Like My Birthdays p. 104
22. Seek the Lord Early p. 108
23. Family Prayer p. 189
24. The Family p. 194
25. Thanks to Our Father p. 20
26. I Want to Live the Gospel p. 148
27. The Thirteenth Article of Faith p. 132
28. Home p. 192
29. Family Night p. 195
30. Saturday p. 196
31. Repentance p. 98
32. Help Me, Dear Father p. 99
33. I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus p. 78
34. Stars Were Gleaming p. 37
35. I Think When I Read That Sweet Story p. 56
36. When He Comes Again p. 82
Once approved, I created a playlist using iTunes with these songs. I own all the Primary Songs on CD which I’ve uploaded to iTunes. But if you don’t own the CD, you can download all the songs in the Primary Songbook HERE
, I Stand All Amazed
can be found HERE
and The Family is of God
can be found HERE
(make sure when you download, you right click and select “Vocals and Music”).
I bought CD-R’s from Costco (the huge stack will last for several Christmas gifts!) and the jewel cases from Wal-Mart which come in packs of 30 for less than $10.00. I keep the extra blank ones in the Primary closet to be used for future years.
Then I started burning a million CD’s! Once burned, I just took a Sharpie marker and wrote “2014 Primary Songs” on the actual CD. I did take a few random CD’s and put them in my CD player to make sure they burned correctly.
We give one CD per primary family. For our Primary it’s about 30 so I’ve burned 35 to have as a few extras to keep in the cupboard just in case we have move-ins, someone loses theirs, or sometimes a few families ask if they can have another copy, etc.
For a 2014 Primary Music CD cover, I created this…
You can download my document at my Resource Library along with a blank one (without the song list). To use the blank one, I suggest typing up a list that looks similar to mine (the font I used it just Times New Roman), cutting it so it will fit within the square and taping it on. When you make photo copies, you will never know that you literally copied and pasted.
I do like the black and white cover only because I make copies at the library and they are free. I also tell the kids they are welcome to color their CD cover to make it more personalized.
The artwork I chose is from the 2009 August Friend HERE
. I appreciate that it is already church-approved material. But there are several really cute ones…I saw one posted on Facebook HERE
(you have to be a member to see it) that was way cute too!
Once I have my copies made, I cut around on the black lines with the exception of down the middle. I fold it there and simply slide it into the cd jewel case.
The presidency ties a Christmas ribbon around them and attaches a treat of some sort for each child (suggestions? one year we did Ring Pops and put “ring in the new year with music” – something catchy like that again would be wonderful!). So a family with 4 nursery/primary kids would receive one CD tied with 4 treats and a little tag. We’ll pass these out the Sunday before Christmas.
And that’s that. Pretty simple and nothin’ fancy but if you know me, you should expect that ;).