Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gobble Up Holiday Goodies!

Hooray--it’s THAT time of year again—holiday time! It can never get here fast enough, yet it is over all too quickly. Do I sound like a kid? Yep. That’s a good thing-IMHO! Today, this "kid" is linking up with the Frenzied SLPs for a linky party to talk about the holidays! 

What do you enjoy most about the holidays? For many, a major part of the celebration involves music. Our interfaith choir begins rehearsing for our Christmas program mid-October. There is nothing that gets me in the mood for the holidays more than singing Christmas music. But wait, this is not your typical set of holiday carols. It is a Cantata! What the heck is a cantata? Straight outta the dictionary: Cantata: a medium-length narrative piece of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment, typically with solos, chorus, and orchestra. Yes, that is what we are doing. Can you guess what the narrative is about? Yep--Christ’s birth. Every year our interfaith choir presents a cantata and this year our fabulous director is going to push the envelope a bit by adding several other stand-alone pieces. Our program, which is usually about 45 minutes, will be double that this year. And we are doing four performances around the county. I can’t wait-but will my voice hold out? IDK! In the meantime, today, I arrived at school singing.  There is nothing like music to put you in a good mood! Wait, I was already in a good mood! Do you want to hear a sample? If you want to hear a choral group performing the uplifting "Joy on The Mountain" from this cantata, click the image below--disclaimer: this is NOT the group I'm in-we sing this at a faster pace, but I LOVE this orchestra! 

Speaking of school, working for the school system is fun during the holidays, too—regardless of your background. It’s all about fellowship and thinking of others. If you need materials for the Christmas season, you need to check out the Gifts of Gab catalog put together by The Activity Tailor-Kim Lewis and Speech Room News-Jenna Rayburn. Click the picture below. 

Do you work with middle- and high school students? Here is a Chistmas-themed packet for YOU! Social Scenarios, Christmas Fun Facts, Christmas Idioms, Christmas Sayings, Antonyms, Synonyms-just to name a few! Go and check it out!

Here is a Christmas-themed FREEBIE for you! NO PREP for the FRENZIED SLP! Click the picture below.

Lastly, I would like to wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, God Jul, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or simply Glad Tidings! Remember, it is all about the spirit in which the greeting is given!



  1. I would love to hear your group singing! Cool Christmas is on my wish list!

  2. A cantata...WOW!!! I just love Christmas music, but I refuse to listen to it before Thanksgiving...the day after, I CRANK.IT.UP!!! :D
    Thanks for the freebie!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!! :)

  3. Printing the free articulation activity now!! Thanks so much! Nanette

  4. I've always envied those who can sing and I do love Christmas music! What an event!!

  5. The cantata sounds fabulous! And thanks for the artic activity!
    All Y’all Need