Since the kids are older we decided to spend some time each night singing Christmas songs and letting the kids play an instrument while Gary played the guitar.
Ethan’s favorite song was Angels We Have Heard on High all because of the “glo---ri-a”. He really liked that part of the song. He also liked Hark the Herald Angels Sing because of the phrase “newborn king”. We received a singing Christmas card last year which played that song, and Ethan would sing the words, “newborn king”. So he remembered that and liked the song a lot.
Each night Sienna shook the bells or shaker some, but she mostly danced around in circles. The picture above was taken on the 27th. Yes, we’re still singing Christmas songs!—not that I mind. :-) Sienna probably turned in circles for 2-3 songs (each with about 3 verses). As soon as we finished a song, she would say, “Again”. She would shake the bells and shaker the whole time she was turning in circles. I’m not sure how she didn’t fall over from spinning so much.
I just assumed that we wouldn’t be singing Christmas songs once the 25th had passed, but Ethan has requested each night since Christmas that we sing Christmas songs! Now he will request “let heaven and nature sing” meaning Joy to the World and “oh come let us adore Him” meaning Oh Come All Ye Faithful. He doesn’t know the words to the songs, but has learned some of the phrases. Sienna started requesting “Dora” meaning Oh Come All Ye Faithful (oh come let us ADORE Him). It took me a little bit to figure out that “Dora” was “adore”. I have some great videos of the kids singing and dancing, but I don’t know how to put a video on here.