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Merry Christmas Everyone,

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

- A time to reflect on all our accomplishments and achievements in 2012.

- A time to recall the many new friendships made and those rekindled.

- A time to reflect, laugh and cry remembering all the fond memories of 2012.

- And of course at this time of year, we start planning for all our new adventures and challenges in 2013.

 

In 2013, Guides in Alberta, Canada, will be celebrating 100 Years of Guiding.  It will be a year with many birthday parties, rallies, camps and commemoration activities. I can't wait to be part of this historical year.

I look forward to providing many campfires and group activities over the following months to help you with your planning and 100th Birthday celebrations. Stay tuned!

 

My Christmas Wish for all of you:

 

My Christmas wish for you, my friend

Is not a simple one

For I wish you hope and joy and peace

Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too

Throughout the coming year

Lots of laughter and happiness

To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one

And when total led by the lot

May you find what you’ve been given

To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light

May your spirit never grow old

May all your clouds have silver linings

And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more

May all your dreams come true

May you have a Merry Christmas friend

And a Happy New Year, too

 

Yours in Guiding

Guider Dusk (Dawn)

 

 

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 Campfire Planning Sheet

PROMOTE PARTICIPATION, FUN & FRIENDSHIP

 

Date:

December ___, 2012

 

 

Campfire Leader:

___________________________________

 

 

Campfire Theme:

Welcome Christmas

 

 

Time Allowed:

45-60 minutes

 

 

Official Opening:

Welcome Christmas – Dr. Seuss Poem

 

Deck the Halls

 

O Be Joyful

 

 

Well Known Songs:

Jingle Bells

 

Frosty the Snowman

 

 

Round / Part Songs:

Christmas is Coming (2-Part Round)

 

Dona Nobis Pacem

 

 

Fun Songs:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 

 

Action Songs:

Wadlee Atcha

 

 

Games:

I Am Going Christmas Shopping

 

 

Rousing Songs:

Must Be Santa

 

 

Quieter Songs:

Silver Bells

 

White Christmas

 

 

Story:

The Night Before Christmas Right / Left Story

 

 

Spiritual:

Silent Night

 

 

Official Closing:

Christmas Wish Poem

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

 

 

Vespers & Taps:

Softly Falls the Light of Day

 

Taps

 

Welcome Christmas – Dr. Seuss Poem

 

Fah who foraze!
Dah who doraze!
Welcome Christmas,
come this way!
Fah who foraze!
Dah who doraze!
Welcome Christmas,
Christmas Day!

Welcome, welcome!
Fah who rahmus!
Welcome, welcome!
Dah who dahmus
Christmas Day,
Is in our grasp,
So long as we,
Have hands to clasp!

Fah who foraze!
Dah who doraze!
Welcome Christmas!
Bring your cheer.
Fah who foraze!
Dah who doraze!
Welcome all who’s,
Far and near

Fah who foraze!
Dah who doraze!
Welcome, Christmas!
Fah who rahmus!
Welcome, Christmas!
Dah who dahmus
Christmas Day,
Will always be
Just as long,
As we have we
Welcome all who’s,
Far and near.

 

Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Tis the season to be jolly,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,

Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike the harp and join the chorus.

Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

While I tell of Yuletide treasure,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,

Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather,

Fa la la la la, la la la la

 

 

O Be Joyful - 3-Part Song

 

O be joyful; O be jubilant,

Put your sorrows far away,

Come rejoice and sing together this happy day.

 

O be joyful;

O be happy on this day.

 

O be joyful, O be joyful,

O be joyful on this happy day.

 

 

Jingle Bells

 

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh, Hey,
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way

Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

A day or two ago
I thought I'd take a ride
And soon Miss Fanny Bright
Was seated by my side
The horse was lean and lank
Misfortune seemed his lot
We got into a drifted bank
And then we got upsot

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh, Hey,
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh yeah

 

 

Frosty the Snowman

 

Frosty the Snowman
Was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the Snowman
Is a fairy tale they say
He was made of snow
But the children know
How he came to life one day


There must have been some magic
In that old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
He began to dance around

Frosty the Snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the children say
He could laugh and play
Just the same as you and me

Frosty the Snowman
Knew the sun was hot that day
So he said let's run
And we'll have some fun
Now before I melt away
Down to the village
With a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there all around the square
Saying catch me if you can

He led them down the streets of town
Right to the traffic cop
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler stop

Frosty the Snowman
Had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye
Saying don't you cry
I'll be back again someday

Thumpety thump thump
Thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpety thump thump

Thumpety thump thump
Over the hills of snow

 

 

Christmas Is Coming – 2-Part Round

 

Christmas is coming,
The goose is getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old man's hat.

 

If you haven't got a penny,
A ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny,
Then God bless you.

 

 

Dona Nobis Pacem

 

Dona nobis pacem pacem

Dona nobis pacem

Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem

Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem.

 

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

 

You know Dasher and Dancer

And Prancer and Vixen,

Comet and Cupid

And Donner and Blitzen.

But do you recall

The most famous reindeer of all?

 

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)

Had a very shiny nose (like a light bulb)

And if you ever saw it (saw it)

You would even say it glows (like a flash light)

All of the other reindeer (reindeer)

Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinocchio)

They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)

Join in any reindeer games (like Monopoly)

 

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say (Ho, Ho, Ho)

Rudolph with your nose so bright

Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him)

And they shouted out with glee (yippee)

"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer)

You'll go down in history!" (like Columbus)

 

 

Wadlee Atcha

 

Wadlee Atcha, Wadlee Atcha,

Doodly Doo, Doodly Doo,

Wadlee Atcha, Wadlee Atcha

Doodly Doo, Doodly Doo,

It’s a simple little song there’s not much to it,

All you gotta do is doodly doo it.

I like the rest but the part I like best is doodly doodly doo.

Wadlee

Slap your knees

Atcha

Clap hands

Wadlee

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass right hand over left hand

Atcha

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass left hand over right hand

Doodly

Wipe left eyebrow with left hand

Doo

Wipe right eyebrow with right hand

Doodly

Snap fingers of left hand

Doo

Snap fingers of right hand

It’s a simple

Slap your knees

Little song

Clap hands

There’s not

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass right hand over left hand

Much to it

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass left hand over right hand

All you

Wipe left eyebrow with left hand

Gotta do

Wipe right eyebrow with right hand

Is doodly

Snap fingers of left hand

Doo it

Snap fingers of right hand

I like

Slap your knees

The rests

Clap hands

But the part

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass right hand over left hand

I like best

Palms down, hands in front of body, pass left hand over right hand

Is doodly

Wipe left eyebrow with left hand

Doodly

Wipe right eyebrow with right hand

Doo

Snap fingers of both hands

 
I Am Going Christmas Shopping

Sit everyone in a circle. Start the story by saying, "I am going Christmas Shopping. You can come too, if I decide I like what you're going to buy." Then give an example of something that can be purchased while shopping. The secret is that whatever you buy on the shopping trip must start with the same letter as your first name (or, if you want to make it REALLY hard, use your last name!)

For example (a girl named Colleen): "I am going Christmas Shopping, and I will buy a Christmas Tree." (She would be allowed to come).

(A girl named Erica): "I am going Christmas Shopping, and I will buy a Christmas Tree." (She would not be allowed to come)

 

SECRET: Do not tell the girls that the item must start with the same letter as their first name.

 

 

Must Be Santa

 

Lead:

Who's got a beard that's long and white
Response:

Santa's got a beard that's long and white

Lead:

Who comes around on a special night
Response:

Santa comes around on a special night

Everyone:

Special Night, beard that's white

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

Lead:

Who wears boots and a suit of red
Response:

Santa wears boots and a suit of red

Lead:

Who wears a long cap on his head
Response:

Santa wears a long cap on his head

Everyone:

Cap on head, suit that's red
Special night, beard that's white

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus


Lead:

Who's got a big red cherry nose
Response:

Santa's got a big red cherry nose

Lead:

Who laughs this way HO HO HO
Response:

Santa laughs this way HO HO HO

Everyone:

HO HO HO, cherry nose
Cap on head, suit that's red
Special night, beard that's white

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

Lead:

Who very soon will come our way
Response:

Santa very soon will come our way

Lead:

Eight little reindeer pull his sleigh
Response:

Santa's little reindeer pull his sleigh

Everyone:

Reindeer sleigh, come our way
HO HO HO, cherry nose
Cap on head, suit that's red
Special night, beard that's white

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

Everyone:

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen

 

Reindeer sleigh, come our way

HO HO HO, cherry nose
Cap on head, suit that's red
Special night, beard that's white

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

 

Must be Santa
Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

 

 

Silver Bells

 

City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas.
Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.


City street lights, Even stop lights,
Blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures.
Hear the snow crunch,
See the kids bunch,
This is Santa's big scene,
And above all this bustle you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.

 

 

White Christmas

 

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the tree-tops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
"May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white".

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the tree-tops glisten,
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write,
"May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white".

 

 

The Night Before Christmas Right / Left Story

 

I use Right/Left stories for my Christmas Gift exchange activities.  A great alternative to the Chinese Gift Exchange.

 

Twas the night RIGHT before Christmas when RIGHT through the house
Not a creature was LEFT stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung RIGHT by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be RIGHT there.
The children were nestled RIGHT snug in their beds,
while visions of sugarplums danced RIGHT in their heads,
And mama in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled RIGHT down for a long winter's nap
,
When RIGHT out on the LEFT lawn there rose such a clatter,
I sprang RIGHT from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the RIGHT window I LEFT like a flash;
tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
LEFT a luster of midday to objects RIGHT below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

but a miniature sleight and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver RIGHT lively and quick;
I knew RIGHT in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came;
and he whistled and shouted, and called them RIGHT by name:
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet, on Cupid, on Donder and Blitzen!
To the RIGHT top of the porch! To the LEFT top of the wall!
Now dash away, dash away, dash RIGHT away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly
when they meet RIGHT with an obstacle, mount RIGHT up to the sky,
So up to the housetop the coursers they LEFT flew,
with a sleighful of toys and St. Nicholas, too.
And then in a twinkling, I heard RIGHT on the roof,
the prancing and pawing of each little RIGHT and LEFT hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning LEFT around
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, RIGHT from his head to his LEFT foot,
and his clothes were all LEFT tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung RIGHT on his back,

and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His RIGHT and LEFT eyes, how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was LEFT drawn up like a bow,
and the beard LEFT on his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held RIGHT in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a round little belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was RIGHT chubby and plump, a RIGHT, RIGHT jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself.
A wink of his LEFT eye and a LEFT twist of his head,
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went RIGHT straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk
And laying his finger to the LEFT of his nose,
and giving a nod, he LEFT up the chimney he rose.
He sprang RIGHT to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
and away they all LEFT like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he LEFT out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

 

 

Silent Night

 

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "

 

 

Christmas Wish Poem

 

My Christmas wish for you, my friend

Is not a simple one

For I wish you hope and joy and peace

Days filled with warmth and sun

 

I wish you love and friendship too

Throughout the coming year

Lots of laughter and happiness

To fill your world with cheer

 

May you count your blessings, one by one

And when total led by the lot

May you find what you’ve been given

To be more than what you sought

 

May your journeys be short, your burdens light

May your spirit never grow old

May all your clouds have silver linings

And your rainbows pots of gold

 

I wish this all and so much more

May all your dreams come true

May you have a Merry Christmas friend

And a Happy New Year, too

 

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

 

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

Softly Falls the Light of Day

 

Softly falls the light of day

As our campfire fades away

Silently each Guide should ask

Have I done my daily task?

Have I kept my honor bright?

Can I guiltless sleep tonight?

Have I done and have I dared

Everything to be prepared?

 

 

Taps

 

Day is done,

Gone the sun,

From the lake,

From the hill,

From the stars.

All is well,

Safely rests,

God is nigh.    

....soon it will be Christmas Day!
 
REMEMBER
Jesus is the reason for the season!