Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

Storytelling Starters ~ Time of contrasts

EightIt’s a time of contrasts. On the one hand is the thought of coming days of peace and enjoyment. On the other, my mind is abuzz, thinking not only of things that have to be done but also about people who are in trouble, people fleeing bombardment, who haven’t got a home to be at home in, who haven’t got enough to eat, who haven’t got any money to buy things  – people like the woman I met on the street the other day. When she asked for some money for something to eat, I asked what she was hoping to get. ‘Anything,’ she said. ‘You know you can get a packet of crisps for 20p. Sometimes I get four packets. They make me feel full for the whole day.’

Then I had to start thinking about this week’s posting. What could I possibly write about? What my mind settled on – needs must! – is something merry and participative for children, namely the Christmas chant I created some years ago. It’s based on Going On A Bear Hunt, the traditional chant I’m sure you all know. Just change the words a bit and this is how my Christmas chant turns out: 

Going to See Father Christmas:

Verse 1

Christmas Lights 1We’re going to see Father Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. (repeat)
Oh, what a very cold day. Brr! (Put on your hat, tie up your scarf etc)
What’s this? It’s a crowded supermarket.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We’ll have to go through it.
Scuse me! Scuse me! Scuse me! (Use your elbows and a hurrying voice.) Are you through?

Verse 2

Repeat first couple of lines from Verse 1.
What’s this? A frozen lake.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We’ll have to go across it.
Swish! Swish! Swish! (Are you OK? Did you enjoy that? etc.)

P1050188Verse 3

Repeat first couple of lines again.
What’s this? A wall of snow.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. We’ll have to go through it. We’ll have to make a hole.
Scratch! Scratch! Scratch!

Verse 4

Repeat first two lines again.
What’s this? Can you see? It’s a house with a light in the window.
It must be Father Christmas’s house. (Add in sound of reindeer bells if you like.)
Let’s go over and look through the window. Yes, there’s Father Christmas. He’s wrapping presents and I can see one for me. And you!
Quick! Run! We must get back before he gets to our house.

Reverse journey

Candles 1Now go backwards through the journey. Get home. Creep up to bed. Snuggle up.
Oh! Oh! I can hear Mum coming upstairs.
‘Hello Mum. I’ve been to see Father Christmas. And he’s got a present for me.’

The end

PS: My photos this week are rather random but I hope they suit some of the realities of this time of the year. See you next week when I suspect that all I’ve have to say is Happy Christmas. Meantime, all good wishes for the cooking and shopping and wrapping and sending and also for moments of reflection. 

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