Must Be Santa

For a few reasons (program timing, inclination, community) I don’t sing a lot of Christmas songs in my library. But if you do, this one is a fun cumulative, call and response that can also be extended with a felt story.

The songwriters are Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks, and it was first recorded in 1960, although if you’re a storytimer you’re probably more familiar with Raffi’s recording. This is a slightly simplified version (no bridge, fewer transitions), and I’ve transposed it into an easy ukulele key. If you like to sing/play in G, try it as G/D/C.

Must Be Santa
C                         G7

Who's got a beard that's long and white?

Santa's got a beard that's long and white

Who comes around on a special night

Santa comes around on a special night

Special night, beard that's white
F                C

Must be Santa, must be Santa,
G7                    C
Must be Santa, Santa Claus

Who wears boots and a suit of red / long cap on his head...
Who's got a big red cherry nose / laughs this way HO HO HO...
Who very soon will come our way / eight little reindeer pull his sleigh...

Felt Story Extension
Here are a couple photos of my version (complete Santa, and component pieces). I used clip-art for the sleigh, and my colleague Linda’s reindeer pattern, but otherwise it’s original. The base Santa is adapted from a paper doll pattern.

Must Be Santa Felt

Must Be Santa all pieces

This week’s Flannel Friday is hosted at What Happens in Storytime, so check them out for more winter and holiday ideas.

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