Merry Christmas Singing Time

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Spell MERRY CHRISTMAS all while learning about the reasons for the season AND singing Christmas primary songs!  This Merry Christmas singing time idea also doubles as a great Christmas primary program for your ward party or similar!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Christmas Singing Time lesson plan from The Friend magazine

The Friend Magazine

I absolutely LOVE pulling ideas and activities found in the Friend!  This Merry Christmas singing time idea is from the December 2013 Friend magazine HERE

Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Christmas Singing Time lesson plan from The Friend magazine

The printables are all created for you (you’re welcome!) so just print and implement in your primary:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Christmas Singing Time lesson plan from The Friend magazine
Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Christmas Singing Time lesson plan from The Friend magazine

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

Print the attached pages which create a letter in “Merry Christmas” on alternating red (4 pages) and green (4 pages) card stock.  

IMPORTANT: Change the print settings to be two-sided and the orientation to be landscape (so the back side doesn’t print upside down and on the wrong side of the page).

The associated part for each letter should print on the backside.  Print 2 double sided pages first to ensure correct printing.

Then cut in half.  Once you place the red and green pages in order, it should read MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Hopefully it printed correctly and I have all my ducks in a row! (note that it did work when I printed it, phew!)

Also bring a phone/tv+speakers to watch He Is the Gift by Shawna Edwards sing-along video found on the back of one of the letters:

Before primary, hang the half sheet pages using tape, magnets or magnetic tape (which I HIGHLY recommend for this activity!).  Find more details on magnetic tape HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Magnetic Tape in singing time

Additionally (recommended if using for a ward Christmas party), dress the children up like shepherds, angels, and Wise Men.  Check out my post HERE with costume ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Primary Christmas Song Nativity singing time ideas

Singing Time Idea

Read the following narrator part:

Of all the Christmas wishes you can share this time of year,
There’s one phrase in particular we love to say and hear.
Those two words, Merry Christmas, put a grin on every face.

We thought you’d like to see each letter’s meaning, in its place.

Call up a child to read the letter parts in order. Sing the associated songs found on the a few of the backside letters:

  • Away in a Manger, hymn #204 (the letter M)
  • Have a Very Merry Christmas! p. 51 (the letter Y)
  • Joy to the World hymn #201 (the letter R)
  • He Is the Gift by Shawna Edwards watch/listen to the sing-along video using the QR code on the back (the letter M)
  • Silent Night hymn # 204 (the letter S)

Post the words to the associated songs as needed like I do HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Help children and teacher sing by posting the words in singing time during your lesson plan

Handbell Charts

Optionally, sing the songs while using handbells with their associated handbell charts.  These charts are all available in my Resource Library under its corresponding song title.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Away in a Manger Bell Chart

Finish reading the following Narrator part:

We wish you, “Merry Christmas!” It’s a lovely thing to say.
We’re glad you came to celebrate and sing with us today.
This last song we shared before we must depart,
Is a Christmas tune that touches every Christmas heart.

More Christmas Singing Time Ideas

Make sure to scroll through more Christmas singing time lesson plan ideas HERE.

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

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Christmas > Merry Christmas.

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