Christmas, Santa and toys seem to go together.
As I child, I looked forward to the arrival of the winter Sears catalogue where I could create my Christmas wish list. When my daughter was young, she would clip pictures from the department store fliers for her wish list. Over the years, toys have given way to other items.
Yet, children still visit Santa to share their wish list while carols fill the air. And, thoughts of Santa and toys still come to mind as I hear many Christmas carols.
It is the same for many older adults. They may no longer have toys on their wish list or even children with whom to share them. But, the memories and relationship of Christmas and Santa with toys still exists.
In a recent senior living community session, we reflected on toys through singing and conversation. Here are a few songs to help you start your list
- “The Nutcracker Suite” by Les Brown and his Band of Renown (a fun arrangement for movement)
- “Toyland” was recorded by many artist including Doris Day. It makes a way to recall toys of the past. Add some images on the web of toys popular in the 1940’s or 50’s. It is also a way to discuss the Firestone (and other) recordings released many years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qetFQjf06uM
- Songs that mention toys perfect for singing:
- Jolly Old St. Nicholas
- Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite
- Oh, Jolly Playmate
- Oh, Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear
- Rubber Duckie
- Explore quotes about toys including this one: