Songs & Rhymes

Festivals and Celebration

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Chinese New Year

You'll find whenever the New Year comes
The Kitchen God will want some plums.
The girls will want some flowers new;
The boys will want firecrackers, too.
A new felt cap will please papa
And a sugar cake for dear mama.

Traditional Chinese nursery rhyme


Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel

I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay.
When it's dry and ready, with dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with dreidel I shall play.

It has a lovely body, with leg so short and thin.
When it gets all tired, it drops and then I win!
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with leg so short and thin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it drops and then I win!

My dreidel's always playful. It loves to dance and spin.
A happy game of dreidel, come play now let's begin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it loves to dance and spin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. Come play now let's begin.

I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay.
When it's dry and ready, with dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of clay.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with dreidel I shall play.


Father Christmas

Father Christmas, Father Christmas
He got stuck, he got stuck
Coming down the chimney,
Coming down the chimney
What bad luck, WHAT BAD LUCK!


Fifth of November

Please to remember
The fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason, and plot
I see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.

A rhyme about the Gunpowder Plot, where Guy Fawkes and co-conspirators attempted to blow up the British Parliament building. Now celebrated in Britain as 'Guy Fawkes night' or 'Bonfire Night'.


Five Crispy Pancakes

Five crispy pancakes in a frying pan,
Flip them and toss them and catch them if you can.
Along came (choose a child),
For a pancake one day
Sprinkled it with sugar and took it away.

Four crispy pancakes in a frying pan...


Hanukkah

Hanukkah, Hanukkah.
Festival of light.
Candles burn, tops spin round,
Time of delight.
Hanukkah, Hanukkah,
Let us dance and sing.
Candles burn, guests come in,
Presents they will bring.


Here We Go Round the Christmas Tree

Here we go round the Christmas tree
The Christmas tree, the Christmas tree.
Here we go round the Christmas tree,
on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we open our presents,
open our presents, open our presents.
This is the way we open our presents,
on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we eat our mince pies...

This is the way we pull on a cracker..


Hong Ching-Ting (Red Dragonflies)

Hong ching-ting.
Ching ching ting.
Shih shang ching ching ting,
Shui shang ching ching ting,
Feng li ching ching ting.

Traditional Chinese nursery rhyme

Translation to English:

Red dragonflies
Gently stop.
On the rocks gently they stop,
On the water gently they stop,
In the breeze gently they stop.


Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride,
In a one horse open Sleigh, Heigh!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh what fun it is to ride,
In a one horse open Sleigh, Heigh!


Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner,
Sat in a corner,
Eating his Christmas Pie
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum.
And said, "What a good boy am I"


Sevivon (Dreidel)

Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
Hanukkah is a great holiday.
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
Hanukkah is a great holiday.

It is a celebration for our nation.
A great miracle happened there (here).
It is a celebration for our nation.
A great miracle happened there (here).


Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday,
Poor Jack went to plough.
His mother made pancakes,
But she didn't know how.
She tossed them, she turned them,
She made them all black.
She put so much pepper,
She poisoned poor Jack.

With thanks to Michael Taylor for sending us this rhyme, which was told to him by his Mum around 1929.


The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.


When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney

When Santa got stuck up the chimney,
He began to shout.
You girls and boys, won't get any toys,
If you don't pull me out.
My beard is black,
There's soot in my sack.
My nose is tickling too.
When Santa got stuck up the chimney,
Aaachooo, achoo, achoo.