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?
I see Christmas Lights blinking at me.
(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.
Ornaments, Ornaments, What do you see?
I see a candy cane looking at me.
Candy Cane, Candy Cane, What do you see?
I see a star shining at me.
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
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.