Celebrate the Winter
Winter Solstice Celebrations for Schools and Communities
By John Langstaff, George Emlen and Patrick Swanson
How-to book for teachers and others who wish to organize winter solstice celebrations for their schools (elementary and up) and communities. Contains good traditonal material that is suitable for secular celebration.
This collection of songs, customs and dances are based on very early traditions held in common by many cultures. On each page is a list of "ingredients" such as processionals, group dances or songs, with page numbers for each section. This should remind you of your options as you put together a program. The information is presented as if the performers were children. Musical examples that are in Revels publications and recordings are cross referenced.
Processionals (formats, movement and music)
Street Cries and Street Songs
Singing Games and Chants
Rounds and Canons
Traditonal Country Dances
Props and Costumes
Sample Programs: A Winter Solstice Celebration; An American Celebration; A Multicultural Celebration; A French Celebration; A Celtic Celebration.
A - C: A la Queue, The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, The Abram Circle Dance, El Acitron, Agincourt Carol, All Hid!, Alle Psallite Cum Luya, Alleluia, American Mummers Play, Andale amigo, The Apple Tree Wassail, Aro Que Nostre Seigne Es Nat, As I Sat on a Sunny Bank, Au Clair de la Lune, Auld Lang Syne, A-wassail a-wassail Throughout All This Town, The Back of Burnie's Hill, Behold That Star, Bells in the High Tower, Blessing (poem), The Boar's Head, The Boar's Head Carol, Bromsberrow Heath, El Burrito Sabanero, By'n Bye, Calon Lan, Can y Fari Lwyd, The Carol of the Birds, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Chimes of Dunkirk, Christchurch Bells, Come Away to the Skies My Beloved Arise, Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de Belen, Court Dance
D - G: Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies, Dargason, Deck the Hall, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Do you know the Muffin Man?, Dona Nobis Pacem, En Passant par la Lorraine, Entren Santos Peregrinos, Eskimo Prayer (poem), Exultation, Farewell You Gentle People, Fine Seville Oranges!, The Fool's Jig, The Four Tradesmen, French Cathedrals, From the East the Donkey Came, Frosty Weather, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Glory to the Mountain, The Gloucestershire Wassail, Go Tell It on the Mountain, God Bless the Master of this House, God Bless Your House the Holy Night, The Gower Wassail, Green Grow'th the Holly, Guillaume prends ton tambourin
H - L: Hark! the Bonny Christchurch Bells Ring, Hava Na Shira, Here We Come A-Wassailing, Hogmanay (poem), The Holly and the Ivy, Honey Honey Bee Ball I Can't See Y'all, Hot Pudding Pies! The Hunting of the Wren, The Huron Indian Carol, I am Now Come to Your Country, I Arise from Rest with Movements Swift, I Call Upon the Noble Earth, I Have News for You (poem), I Salute You!, I Saw Three Ships, If I Were Not a Weaver I'd Rather be a Carpenter, Irish Step Dancing, Israeli Line Dance, J'ai Vu le Loup le Renard le Lievre, Joy Health Love and Peace, Kentucky Wassail, Lambs to Sell!, L'Homme Arme, Lines from Shakespeare (poem), Little Jack Horner, Lo Yisa Goy, Longsword Dance, The Lord of Misrule
M - O: Maoz Tsur, The Mari Lwyd (play), The Mari Lwyd (ritual), Mari Lwyd Farewell Song, Mary Had a Baby, Masters in This Hall, Le Matelot, Mi Gallo, The Moon Shines Bright, Morris-On Tune, Mother Mary What is the Matter?, The Muffin Man, The Mummers Play, My Aunt Jane, My Lord What a Morning!, Natten gar tunga fjat, Nativity (poem), Neesa Neesa, Nid win govin berwid moythis, Nu Ar Det Jul Igen, O Brethren Ain't You Happy?, Oaken Leaves, Oh Jerus'lem in the Morning, Oh Many a Bird did Wake and Fly, Oh We'll All Sing Glory to the Mountain, Oko Vela, Old Apple Tree We'll Wassail Thee, On the First Day of Christmas, On This Day Earth Shall Ring, One Two Three Me Mother Caught a Flea, Oranges and Lemons, Orientis Partibus, Orleans Beaugency, Our King Went Forth to Normandy, Over the Snowy Hill the Travelers Go
P - S: Past Three O' Clock, Patapan, Pavane, The Peace Round, Personent Hodie, La Pinata, Please to See the King, Las Posadas, Proso, Quien les da posada, Remember (poem), The Ribbon Dance, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, Rock of Ages, Rorate, Sa mork ar natten i midwinter tid, Saint George and the Dragon (play), Saint Patrick's Breastplate, Salutation (poem), Santa Lucia, Savez-Vous Planter les Choux? Shalom Chaverim, Shellikie Boukie, Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, Si Me Dan Pasteles, Simple Gifts, Sing We Noel, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Part I and II), Skating Away, Some Say That Ever 'Gainst that Season Comes, Strike Strike the Gong of our Song, Sun Turning (poem), Sussex Mummers Carol
T - Z: The Wren the King of all Birds, There Was a Man of Double Deed (poem), There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig, There was Snow - Remember?,There Were Two Couples A-Skating Away, There's a Star in the East on Christmas Morn, This Is the Truth Sent From Above, 'Tis the Gift to be Simple, 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, Twelve Days of Christmas, Voice le Noel, Villagers All! (poem), Wassail Wassail All Over the Town, Wassailing (ritual), We are Sowing our Millet, Wel dimmah nin dihwad, Welcome Here, What a Goodly Thing, What Wondrous Love is This, What's in There?, When Icicles Hang by the Wall (poem), Willie Take Your Little Drum, Wind Up the Apple Tree, Wondrous Love, The Wren Song, Yule Yule the Wheel Turns Round, Zemer Atik
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