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S-A-N-T-A Song for Children and Holiday Thoughts of Christmas Carols

December 21, 2017


S-A-N-T-A Song for Children


and Holiday  Thoughts of Christmas Carols


by Alice Jane-Marie Massa



With my youngest great-nephew in mind and as a little gift for my sister to sing with her four-year-old and five-year-old students, I wrote the following holiday lyrics for children.  You can sing the lines to the tune of the “march” portion of a well-known song of a forever-famous rodent’s club.  The children do like the “Ho, ho, ho!” chorus.  The song begins with the spelling of the name of the most widely-known resident of the North Pole.  So, learning the “S-A-N-T-A Song” will help the little ones with spelling also.


Christmas is such a merry, magical, and special time for children!  Singing, dancing, and marching to this holiday song may be fun for the little ones with whom you share Christmas.


S-A-N-T-A Song


(With Christmas Cheer,

this song is dedicated to Caden, Lanie, Harper, Emmy, Tyson, Trey,

and all who happily sing these words)











Santa Claus!  Ho, ho, ho!


Santa Claus!  Ho, ho, ho!


Forever let us sing of Santa Claus!


Ho, ho, ho!


Come along, and ride our sleigh.


Enjoy the company.


Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas Day


to you and me!



Holiday Thoughts of Christmas Carols


During the 1950s and even a little into the 1960s, the Blanford, Indiana, chapter of the Royal Neighbor Juveniles, a youth organization of Royal Neighbors of America, met regularly in Perona’s Hall, a dance hall above the grocery store.  The stairway to Perona’s Hall was a back and side entrance of the brick building.  To enter the dance hall/meeting room, one had to ascend a very steep set of about forty stairs.  Despite the daunting task of climbing these stairs, I always enjoyed going to Perona’s Hall for a variety of events in my hometown.


Each December, the Royal Neighbor Juveniles of my small, rural town celebrated the holiday season with a Christmas party.  I distinctly recall one year when the Step sisters, Joyce and Janie, were leading a sing-along of Christmas carols and holiday songs.  For a number of years, the national headquarters of Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) sent to both the women’s group and the youth group very nice booklets filled with Christmas carols.  Each songbook measured approximately six-by-six inches and had a festive color cover picturing carolers.  The inside pages included music and lyrics for about twenty or more carols and holiday songs.


Joyce and her sister Janie stood near the old upright piano, on the small stage at the southwest corner of the expansive hall while the Royal Neighbor Juveniles with their parents and guests stood around the hall’s perimeters which were lined with movie-theatre type seats.  In the dimly lit room, we held our booklets and sang along.  After Joyce led the group with the singing of several less familiar carols and songs, my dad, very uncharacteristically, interrupted and said, “Let’s sing one we all know–‘Silent Night.'”  I could hardly believe that my dad stopped the show to suggest “Silent Night”–which was then and would remain his favorite carol.  Joyce agreed, and we all sang “Silent Night”–three verses.  Standing beside my father, on the east side of the hall, beside one of the windows, I was, as ever, proud of my dad and loved hearing his beautiful baritone voice singing his favorite carol.


Although this rendition of “Silent Night” occurred before my days of audio-recording events, I do still have a recording of my dad singing “Silent Night” and other Christmas carols and holiday songs at a Christmas party of the Sight-loss Support Group of the Wabash Valley (which met during the 1980s and later in the Vigo County Public Library, in Terre Haute).  I treasure this recording that allows me to hear my dad’s singing of “Silent Night” again each holiday season.


For decades, my dad called me almost each day at five o’clock in the evening.  Whether we talked for a few minutes or for an hour, I was always glad and grateful to hear his voice when I was living in another city or another state–away from my beloved Indiana home.  Thus, I often think of my dad around five o’clock.


This year, I purchased another Christmas clock which plays a different carol at each hour.  However, I cannot understand why the manufacturer placed the couple of measures of “On the FIRST day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree” at six o’clock–not one o’clock.  Further, I truly cannot understand why the clock plays “We THREE Kings” at eight o’clock, instead of at three o’clock.  On the other hand, I thoroughly understand, greatly appreciate, and am immensely grateful that my new Christmas clock touches my heart each day by most appropriately playing at five o’clock “Silent Night.”


In the comment section, please share your favorite Christmas carol and/or holiday song.


Enjoy singing the carols of Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a most peaceful, blessed, and Merry Christmas,

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


December 20, 2017, Wednesday



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  1. Dear Alice. At an early age of 2 or so, the Ho Ho Ho song, as it was known, was our grandson Jack’s favorite song. I smile thinking of him stomping around the living room singing at the top of his lungs while the song played. Grin Thanks for a wonderful post, once again. dp

    Sent from my Windows 10 Christmas machine


    • Christmas Greetings!  Deon–Special thanks for sharing such a sweet memory about your grandson’s singing.

      Enjoy a Merry Maine Christmas with your family–Alice and Willow

  2. Carole permalink

    Ah, yes, Alice–one of my favorites, too! He had the most beautiful velvet voice, which I remember well. At 5:00 p.m. during this holiday season, I’ll be thinking of you and Uncle Jimmy with cherished memories and love.

    Wishing you and Willow a very heartfelt Merry Christmas!
    Tim, Carole, and Jason

    • Christmas Greetings!  Carole–I do so appreciate your commenting on Dad’s singing voice.  What a lovely comment!

      Happy Florida Christmas!  Talk with you soon–Alice and Willow

  3. mfanyo permalink

    Dear Alice,
    Thanks for writing the Santa Song, which my little students and I enjoyed singing! I’m looking forward to singing your special song with my grandchildren this weekend!

    The Christmas song that brings back heartfelt memories for me is “Jingle Bell Rock.” Our mother always liked that song very much. During the first holiday season that Mother was living with us in Colorado, I bought in a department store an animated Santa about eighteen inches tall that played and moved to the song of “Jingle Bell Rock.” He was indeed a “right jolly old elf,” and Mother so enjoyed listening to the song and watching Santa move his hips back and forth. Although she could no longer dance to the music, she certainly moved her arms to the beat as she sang along! My heart is warmed with touching memories every time I share that special Santa and his song with my prekindergarten students and with Mother’s sweet great grandchildren!

    Merry Christmas to you and Willow!
    Love, Mary

    • Christmas Greetings!  Mary–Many thanks for sharing the holiday memory of mother’s Christmases in Colorado with the “Jingle-Bell-Rock” Santa.  Yes, when I hear this holiday tune, sung by Brenda Lee, I think of Mother and you.

          What a treat to know that your little students sang my little holiday song!  I hope your grandchildren–all five of them–will have fun with the song also.

      With WHITE CHRISTMAS on in the background, I wish you and Ric a very Merry Christmas–Alice and Willow

  4. Sue McKendry permalink

    Merry Christmas Alice & Willow–What a nice memory to have of your father’s voice singing Silent Night. I just heard a Christmas song new to me by a folk singer named John McCutcheon who is originally from WI but now lives in the southeastern part of the country. The song is called “Christmas in the Trenches” and recalls the time in WWI when German and American troops joined in singing Silent Night in both of their languages. He added details, but at the end of the song, that is the thought that remains. So for now, that’s my favorite Christmas song.

    I loved reading Mary’s post, as a kind niece bought my mother who was living with us a moving Santa that sings “Jingle Bell Rock” one Christmas. Although Mom liked that song, her favorite was “Star of the East.” I can still hear her beautiful clear voice singing it.

    Before “Christmas in the Trenches” my favorite was always “Mary’s Boy Child” by Harry Belafonte. So glad my computer cooperated today and I could post this comment.–Sue

    • Christmas Greetings!  Sue–I, too, am so glad that your computer cooperated today because I certainly enjoyed reading your comment with your favorite and your mother’s favorite Christmas songs.  On Friday morning, “Milwaukee’s Christmas Station” (95.7 Big FM) will play requests only:  I hope that someone will request “Christmas in the Trenches” so that I can hear the song.

          As this year is drawing to a close, I do thank you for all of your interesting and special comments throughout 2017.

      Wishing you warm memories of Christmases past and a jolly Christmas present–Alice and Willow

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