Christmas Tree Christmas Tree What do You See?

Christmas Tree Christmas Tree What do You See?

I found this in the Flannel story drawer when we were looking for things for Gingerbread storytime.  I don’t know how old it is or any source information.  It’s pretty brilliant though.  We have a tradition around here of taking old storytime favorites and adapting, so it’s very possible that it was a homegrown idea based on the delightful works of Mr. Bill Martin, Jr.

Since we needed two copies for Gingerbread storytime, I asked my incredibly talented co-worker, Miss Diane, to make two of them. And make them big. As you’ll see, she obliged.  Better than I could ever do. Really, her details are fantastic.  Silver duct tape around the ornaments.  Christmas lights that are double sided.  She’s a treasure.

Christmas tree, Christmas Tree, What do you see?O Christmas Tree

I see Christmas Lights blinking at me.

Light detail
(The Christmas lights are double sided, meaning that the bottom of the lights are covered on both sides of the lights. She did a really great job!)

Christmas lights, Christmas Lights, What do you see?
I see ornaments looking at me.

xmas final ornament

Ornaments, Ornaments, What do you see?
I see a candy cane looking at me.

xmas final candy cane

Candy Cane, Candy Cane, What do you see?
I see a star shining at me.

xmas final tree

Star, Star, What do you see?
I see Santa Claus coming towards me.

Santa Santa, What did you bring?
A bagful of presents for under the tree

xmas present detail
I love the detail on the present. She used a fun bit of flannel, made a great bow, and did some fussy cutting.

Present, present, what do you see?
I see a child coming to open me!


What we did: We did this for Gingerbread Storytime 2013, which involves big crowds and big graphics…
My co-worker started the phrases, while I put the pieces up. When we got to the Santa part, I threw on a Santa hat. Then afterwards we said, children children what do you see? And we went through the list of things on the tree.

All in all, a success.

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