Okay, if you liked Larry Rapchak’s rendition of the Mel Blanc Christmas song a couple of posts back, you’re gonna love this video interpretation of Stan Freberg’s 1955 classic song “I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas” — featuring probably the most obnoxious yet hilarious 8 year old ever. This is a hoot! Thanks, Larry! (Oh, did I mention that Larry is also the music director for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra?)
The Drifters do the honors on the music, Joshua Held on the cartoon.
Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells (MP3 audio)
This is definitely one of the funniest, laugh out loud, classic short stories you’ll ever hear. We guarantee the kids will love it. While this story, which originally appeared in St. Nicholas Magazine in the 1890s, is about Christmas, it is not exactly a Christmas story… it is more about unintended consequences and what might happen if wishes really did come true, and how some things – like Christmas – can be a bit overdone (you think?). A sheer delight for the whole family – HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Length: 14 minutes, MP3 Audio
To download this MP3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!
In this wild and wonderful stop-motion animation Christmas short made in Czechloslovakia in 1945, a little girl dreams that her dolls and toys have come to life. If it doesn’t weird you out completely, you’ll love it.
Possibly the greatest Christmas carol we’ve ever heard. Courtesy of the NOAA Weather Radio Station, we now know exactly how to sing our “Fa la la la lahs” this year. Go thou and do likewise.
Want some Christmas music… and want to learn more about the songs?
Our friend Angie Mosteller at CelebratingHolidays.com is posting a wonderful series of lyric videos (for singing along) and a brief history of 25 different Christmas and Advent songs each day until Christmas. These are great! Highly recommended!
Click here to go to the site
Larry Rapchak offers up this great pantomime of the CLASSIC children’s Christmas song by Mel Blanc! Let pandemonium begin!
THE PEARL STORY BOOK (PDF ebook)
A wonderful vintage collection of classic stories, poems and folk legends of Winter, Christmas and New Year’s Day – perfect for reading aloud during this month and next.
From the introduction: “Once upon a time,” in the winter season suggests happy, young faces grouped about a blazing fire. A heavy snowstorm promises plenty of sport for tomorrow, but at present the coziness indoors is very attractive, especially now that the evening story hour is at hand. And while the story-teller is slowly choosing his subjects he hears the children’s impatient whispers of “The Snow Man,” “Prince Winter,” “The Legend of Holly,” “The Animals’ Christmas Tree.”
Silence! The story-teller turns his eyes from the glowing fire to the faces of his eager audience. He is ready to begin.
Each season of the year opens a treasury of suggestion for stories. In the beauty and wonder of nature are excellent themes for tales which quicken children’s interest in the promise of joyous springtime, in the rich pageantry of ripening summer, in the blessings of generous autumn, and in the merry cheer of grim old winter.
A wonderful variety of poems and readings for story telling!
To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.
Ready for some fast moving science fun? Here are three delightful videos from quirkology.com full of some great science tricks (…er, since this is a homeschooling site, let’ call them science “experiments”) you can do to thoroughly impress your family and friends at holiday get-togethers this year. Have fun!
Here’s a great set of PDF printable for creating your own paper Nativity scene for the Christmas season, from MyLittleHouse.org. This set of downloads is a freebie, and looks like lots of fun. (There are lots of other paper projects on their site, some freebies and some paid, so look around a bit and see what else you can find.)
Click here to go to the download page!