Wednesday, December 18

Christmas Alphabet




Christmas is just around the corner. So let’s start our Christmas Special by studying a famous English Christmas song.



Today we’re going to learn the song titled "Christmas Alphabet," which was originally sung by British singer Dickie Valentine. 


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When it comes to Christmas songs, “Christmas Alphabet” is special. It was the first ever song to hit the top charts during Christmas and which was also about Christmas.



This happened on November 25, 1955 in the UK. The song stayed for about seven weeks at the top.



If you check the lyrics of the song, you will find the words very catchy or easy to like. The song has a great melody. It is also an Acrostic on the word “Christmas” which is good for English learners.




What’s an Acrostic?



An Acrostic is a series of lines in which the letters, usually the first letter in each line, combine to form a special message. “Acrostic” comes from the French word acrostiche.



Acrostics are often used as a technique to help people remember information.



For example, if you take a look at our example poem below, at first you can’t notice anything special about it.



Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.



Now take a look at the first letters of each line and you will find the special message:



Elizabeth it is in vain you say
"Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.



As you can see, the first letters of each line make up the name “Elizabeth.”




Christmas Alphabet



And now here are the lyrics of the song “Christmas Alphabet.” You can see how the letters spell out the word “Christmas.”



C is for the candy trimmed around the Christmas tree,

H is for the happiness with all the family,

R is for the reindeer prancing by the window pane,

I is for the icing on the cake as sweet as sugar cane,

S is for the stocking on the chimney wall,

T is for the toys beneath the trees so tall,

M is for the mistletoe where everyone is kissed,

A is for the angels who make up the christmas list,

S is for old Santa who makes every kid his pet,

Be good and he'll bring you everything in your Christmas Alphabet!



In addition, all the things mentioned inside the song remind us of the Christmas holiday. They are all symbols of Christmas.




Christmas Alphabet 

(with Pictures)



Now, let’s look at the words again together with some pictures.



C is for the candy trimmed around the Christmas tree,




H is for the happiness with all the family,





R is for the reindeer prancing by the window pane,





I is for the icing on the cake as sweet as sugar cane,





S is for the stocking on the chimney wall,





T is for the toys beneath the trees so tall,





M is for the mistletoe where everyone is kissed,





*Note: A mistletoe is a plant with short and broad leaves and a cluster of white berries. The mistletoe is a very common Christmas decoration because, according to tradition, if you find anyone standing under a mistletoe, you can get a free kiss.



A is for the angels who make up the christmas list,




S is for old Santa who makes every kid his pet,





Be good and he'll bring you everything in your Christmas Alphabet!





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Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !










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