I give you “Trees”

by | Dec 2, 2011 | Music Therapy, Older Adults, Theme | 0 comments

The Giving Tree

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One of my favorite books as an adult is the children’s book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. At a time of year when many fir and pine trees are cut for holiday decoration, I think of all the things trees provide:

  • a place for birds, squirrels, and other animals to nest;
  • fruits and nuts;
  • shade from the sun;
  • materials for buildings and furniture;
  • syrup;
  • paper, cardboard.

The list goes on. But what does that have to do with December, you ask?

As I shared last year, older adults have often shared their interest in singing songs other than Christmas ones in December. The following list is one you can use for a sing-along or name that tune to take a break from holiday music this month. You can also use this list on Arbor Day.




Here are the tree songs:

  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
  • O Christmas Tree
  • Lemon Tree
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  • I Talk to the Trees
  • Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Here are some songs that mention trees but not in the title:

  • Rattlin’ Bog
  • Oh Jolly Playmate
  • Autumn Leaves
  • I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time
  • California Dreaming

What songs would you add to these lists? Please share them in the comments below.

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