Christmas Carol-ing

Richmond Toddler has always been keen on music, pretty much since birth she’s enjoyed jigging around to a tune or two and as she’s gotten older, this enjoyment of dancing and singing has grown with her and I am totally encouraging it (being a frustrated wannabe international pop-star and in the meantime big karaoke enthusiast!).  She has a wide repertoire of nursery rhymes and songs, picked up at nursery and/or through me, her grandparents, aunties, and assorted others, and much like Jive Bunny, has created her own unique mega-mix, which she rotates on any given day but can usually be relied on to include…

  • Miss Polly Had a Dolly (complete with additional ‘ad lib’ lines she’s added at the end of the song: “bye Doctor, see you tomorrow”) – a very firm favourite
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Diddle Diddle Dumpling
  • Hey Diddle Diddle
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Slippery Fish (unknown to me, but one she’s learnt at nursery)
  • Little Bunny Foo Foo (as taught by Aunty Susan, complete with slightly disturbing lyric about bashing field mice on the head… which comes with actions…)
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Since the 1st of December and therefore the start of the festive season, Allegra has enjoyed adding to her song bank with a whole new collection of seasonal ditties and these are now the flavour of the month BIG TIME and have made for the soundtrack to our Christmas 2012 to date.  Big favourites are..

  • Jingle Bells – definitely in the top spot,  usually accompanied with the shaking of bells
  • Frosty the Snowman – a contender for the top spot, taught to her by mummy and a big favourite (she also likes watching videos of this song on YouTube)
  • Christmas Pudding – one learnt at nursery, sung to the tune of frere jacques
  • How Much is that Reindeer in the Window – another one learnt at nursery, see what they did there…
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Her obsession with Christmas Carols has got to the point where if we hear them while out, no matter where, she must stop and have a little dance, which is cute but can sometimes get in the way of you going about your daily business (especially during this busy festive season when there’s lots to be getting done).

On Friday, we were in Richmond town centre and a couple of people started busking just outside the new Pret, where we were enjoying a cheese sandwich and some grapes together (simple pleasures).  A chap playing the trombone and a girl was on the trumpet and they were playing carols to raise money for a charity.  Allegra looked on excitedly out of the window then insisted we go outside for a closer look.  We bundled up into our coats and went outside, where she stood totally mesmerised as they played the usual hits.  Then she started dancing, well it was more spinning around on the spot in a slightly zombified state, but dancing none-the-less: it was very sweet.

We stood there for a little while and over the course of time we watched she kept insisting on me giving her more money for her to drop into their trombone case and refusing to leave, which after 20 minutes of standing there and becoming £1.70 lighter, was beginning to wear thin!  In the end I tried to seduce her away with the promise of cake in another location (whatever it takes eh? don’t judge…) but as soon as they would start playing again, back she would go to take up her spinning around position and we’d be stuck for the third rendition of Hark the Blinkin’ Angels Sing…

In the end, I literally had to wrestle her into her buggy with her screaming and weeping so that we could finally walk away, which wasn’t pleasant but was unfortunately necessary otherwise I think there’s a possibility that if they were still there, we would be too.

Christmas Carols – she’s obsessed.

Has your little one got fully into the Christmas spirit? do tell…

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