12 LDS Christmas Songs for Singing Time

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We’re all familiar with the 12 DAYS of Christmas.  But what about 12 songs of Christmas? This 12 Songs of Christmas singing time idea is sure to bring in the Christmas spirit into your Primary with loads of singing and movement to Christmas songs!

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas

Since we only sing Christmas songs at Christmas time, make sure to sing as many as possible!  I love that this Christmas singing time idea easily incorporates SO many songs – both from the Hymnbook and the Children’s Songbook.

Ideas to teach LDS Primary Christmas Songs from The Friend

December 2018’s Friend magazine contains a “Have a Song-A-Day Christmas!” activity.  This makes for a FABULOUS singing time activity!!  If you know me, you know that I love incorporating ideas from the Friend into singing time!

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas

List of Christmas Songs Printable (12 songs)

To make this 12 Songs of Christmas activity come to life, I created a printable to coincide.  And since most children rarely see the beautiful illustrations in the Children’s Songbook, I thought why not utilizes those images?

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

You can also use pictures of the nativity/Savior from the Gospel Art Book or other Church resources.  Or even omit pictures altogether and just sing the songs.

Post the Words

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Make sure to post the words using flip charts to these Christmas songs.

12 LDS Christmas Hymns: Picture, quote, song

To use this 12 Songs of Christmas singing time idea, simply show the picture, read the quote and sing the song. 
TIP: To get through all 12 songs, take 2 weeks or only sing the first verse of each song, moving along quickly between songs.

Pass out hymnbooks

Also pass out Hymnbooks and use those when singing the hymns.  It’s always great to practice singing directly from the hymnbooks!  Even for those Primary children who can’t read yet.
 

List of 12 Easy Christmas Songs to Sing in Singing Time

1st Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “This is the season beloved of the year”
  • Song: The Nativity Song p. 52

2nd Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “The blessed angels sing”
  • Song: It Came upon the Midnight Clear  Hymn 207

3rd Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “His praises we sing” 
  • Song: The Shepherd’s Carol p. 40

If you have handbells, use this The Shepherd’s Carol handbell chart!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Shepherd's Carol Singing Time Lesson Plan using handbells

4th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “To the earth it gave great light”
  • Song: The First Noel Hymn 213

5th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “He was meek and mild”
  • Song: When Joseph Went to Bethlehem p. 38

I HIGHLY recommend using scarf actions for this song.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement

6th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n”
  • Song: Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful Hymn 202

7th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Jesus is born in Bethlehem”
  • Song: Christmas Bells p. 54

Again, if you have handbells, DEFINITELY use Christmas Bells handbell chart.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Bells Descant Handbell Chart

8th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Oh, let us gladly sing”
  • Song: Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36

Make sure to also use the Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus handbell chart on the chorus.

9th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Proclaim the holy birth”
  • Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem Hymn 208

10th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “The child is the Son of God”
  • Song: Who Is the Child? p. 46

11th Song of Christmas:

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth”
  • Song: Silent Night Hymn 204

12th Song of Christmas

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas Primary singing time ideas
  • “Glad tidings of great joy I bring”
  • Song: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Hymn 211

12 Songs of Christmas Variations

  • Use the Gospel for Kids app.  All of these songs are in a sing-along format.  Watch the videos and have the Primary sing along!
  • Bring out a piece of the nativity as each song is presented.
  • Come up with actions as you sing each song.  Have the children help you improvise!

Christmas Primary Singing Time Ideas

Make sure to also check out more Christmas Primary Singing Time Ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Primary Singing Time Ideas

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Christmas > 12 Songs of Christmas.

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