Christmas Recipe


This song is a step-by-step “recipe” to keep you on track and on your best behaviour in the days leading up to Christmas.

Written for emerging singers, the melody line is offered in a simplified version with a range of a sixth (D4-B4). An advanced melody is also provided, with accidentals and a wider range (C4-D5). Enjoy these two great options for Christmas Recipe.

Simple actions assist with the lyrics and add some theatrical pizzazz. Now that is a sweet song recipe for a young singer’s first recital!

Download Includes:

  • Vocal score (simple melody)
  • Vocal score (advanced melody)
  • Lead sheet (simple melody)
  • Lead sheet (advanced melody)
  • Director/piano score
  • Lyrics (both versions)
  • Simple melody guide + accompaniment
  • Advanced melody guide + accompaniment
  • Accompaniment – piano

Christmas Recipe

Audio & Lyrics

Follow along with the lyrics as you listen to the accompaniment with melody guide for Christmas Recipe

Advanced Melody

Simple Melody

Christmas Recipe - Song for Young Singers - Composed by Donna Rhodenizer - lyrics

Teaching Tips

Introducing the song

Introduce Christmas Recipe by discussing with students what they (and their families) do to prepare for Christmas.


This song has two verses with the second half of each verse using the same lyrics, providing singers with a longer song without adding a lot of words to memorize.

For young, emerging singers use the simple melody of Christmas Recipe.

The advanced melody for Christmas Recipe is more suited for elementary students who have had at least two years of music class singing experience, or for solo singers who are able to accurately match pitches and who are able to sing notes that are affected by accidentals.

Expressive Singing

Read the lyrics aloud before learning the melody.

Discuss words that will be emphasized to create an expressive performance.

What consonants need to be crisp and clearly enunciated to tell the story most effectively for the listening audience?

What dynamics or other musical contrasts can be added for the repeated rhyming words in the second half of the song?

Adding actions helps young singers remember the words and the sequence of events in a song. Actions for Christmas Recipe are provided with the lyrics in the PDF download

Composer's Notes

Christmas Recipe

I have always had to scramble to find songs for my “Littles” to sing for school Christmas concerts. With only a few months of school experience, they need a song with a simple melody because many of them are still struggling to match a pitch. They also need a song with lyrics that they can easily remember, preferably one that can be reinforced by adding actions. I decided I would write them a song for the concert and I needed a theme for the lyrics. I started thinking about preparing for the holiday season. Adults do shopping, baking and cleaning to prepare for the holiday season. A child also would have things to prepare: writing a letter to Santa, behaving really well, going to bed early, and listening to their parents. Christmas Recipe was the result of my thought process. I introduced the song to my students who learned to sing it and added actions for their performance in the school concert. Sometimes necessity is a good incentive for a composer to get to work and create a piece of music!

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Donna Rhodenizer - making cookies - Christmas Recipe

Composer, Elementary Music Specialist

Donna Rhodenizer

I have always loved the magic of the Christmas season. Some of my earliest performing memories are singing Christmas carols and taking part in the local church Christmas pageant (often directed by my mom). Trying to behave and excitedly anticipating the arrival of Christmas morning were also part of the family traditions. When my oldest sister was old enough to “supervise”, my siblings and I were allowed to creep downstairs (without waking sleeping parents) to find the treasures that had appeared in Christmas stockings overnight. However, this privilege came with the definite rule that no one was allowed to make the journey downstairs until after 6:00. Parents would show up at some point before breakfast (at 8:00) and then it was time for opening gifts that had been left under the tree.

I would like to point out that I am often on the “nice” list. As a young girl, I thought I had made it to the big-time, top-tier, reindeer list. My hopes were dashed when I realized that Santa called his reindeer “Donner” and not “Donna” as I had initially misunderstood it to be pronounced. To this day, “Donner” has a special place in my heart as my favourite reindeer.

I enjoy writing songs that reflect the happy feelings I associate with Christmas as a young girl. I have written many Christmas and winter songs over the years for my students as part of the school concert in December. My collection of Christmas songs is extensive and continues to grow as the season rolls around each year.

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Vocal Range

Advanced Melody – C4-D5, Simple Melody – D4-B4




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