Hymn & her, this yuletyke

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | POOJA PRABHAN
Published Dec 13, 2016, 12:00 am IST
Updated Dec 13, 2016, 7:13 am IST
Mommies and their little tots are hopping from home to home this christmas to spread the magic and cheer with a medley of carols.
Shekhinah and her children, Sara and Jason, have a tradition of carol singing together in this photograph that was specially shot
 Shekhinah and her children, Sara and Jason, have a tradition of carol singing together in this photograph that was specially shot

The Christmas season is upon us – and carol singing is taking a life of its own as X’mas trees get baubled and tinselled to usher in the forthcoming festivities!

Whether you’ve brushed up on the hymns and carols to hum along or not, this time around, young mommies in town are taking their pitch a notch higher to add magic to the gaiety surrounding this cheery season — by accompanying their little tykes, adding a cooler spin to the customary carol singing. In a casual chat they share the inside track with us…

 

“Going caroling with the kids is a great way to celebrate Christmas — it’s a fun idea to creatively connect with ones kids and make special memories, while also helping them to connect with others to share the joy and goodwill. This is the essence at the heart of the advent season.

In an age where everything is digital or reduced to materialistic wants, singing to spread cheer retains the old world charm of giving priority to relationships in real time — it ranks the highest on my list of favourite things to do with my children,” shares Shekinah Jacob, a city based playwright and mum of two.

 

Speaking of the same,  Sarah Jacob, her nine-year-old who’s always prepped about singing the classic carols, reveals, “We usually sing the typical carols like the Silent night, Deck the halls, Joy to the world, Away in a manger and stuff.”

After cajoling her with the gifts she usually gets, she says, “We are usually gifted stuff like fishing rods and bicycles instead of the usual candies and branded clothes. This is because our parents and relatives wish to promote fun family activities together and also a healthier lifestyle.”  

 

For Karishma Benji, an ad agency consultant, accompanying her playful four year old  equals offering a better insight to her tot. “I’ve always believed that participating at carols is extremely important. Since she’s taking her baby steps into the whole process, I’d rather be around to give her the support and love as well. Also, the learning process gets more serious when she knows her mama is in the vicinity. She literally rote learned rudolph the reindeer after seeing me hum along for a while! So, my presence adds value to the idea!” she quips.

 

Adding to how its an idea which promises long term benefits, Susan Mathew, who’s been an active part of choirs and carol singing acts herself, opines the whole idea is to foster feelings of gratitude and harmony with a higher magnitude.

“As parents, I think it’s important to stress upon the value of spreading goodness and harmony, which is the whole point of singing carols at one house to another. My son is about five and is still learning. When kids see parents playing a role, the essence of the whole idea gets imbibed. So, in my opinion, it’s perhaps the best way to teach your child a thing or two while not taking away the element of fun.”

 

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