Christmas Around the World (Lyrics)

Back in October I joined the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual youth conference for three weekends in a row.  They call it JAM, and the theme for the conference was “Christmas Around the World.”

Christy Dyer is their illustrious director of children’s ministries, and she asked me to write a theme song for the convention, and voilà, a new Slugs & Bugs song idea was born.

I drew on some things I knew, which got me about half a verse, and then I turned to Google and was overwhelmed with information overload.  I cast an S.O.S. out over the social networks, and two people in particular came to my aid.  Tenika Dye and Brandy Campbell both had access to resources that were hugely helpful and I’m so glad to get the chance to publicly thank them. Thanks, y’all!!

It was a ton of fun teaching this song to the kids, and with a little audio help from tech whiz Cynthia Scott, we were able to eek out a recording for the Christmas CD. The weekend we recorded there were about 350 kids singing in the sanctuary at the First Baptist Church in Morristown, TN.

So, here’s our recording of “Christmas Around the World” from A Slugs and Bugs Christmas.

All around our planet Earth

We remember Jesus birth

For every kid straight haired or curled

It’s Christmas around the world

In Ethiopia they decorate umbrellas

In Mexico piñatas swing

In the Phillippines they eat purple rice

“puto bumbong” is fun to sing

PUTO BUMBONG!

(repeat)

PUTO BUMBONG!

(repeat)

Spainish carolers play Zambomba

Germans fill their shoes with hay

If you’re caroling out on  Christmas Eve

You might live in the U.S.A!

PLAY ZAMBOMBA

(repeat)

PUTO BUMBONG!

(repeat)

All around our planet Earth…

In Scandanavia sweet St. Lucia

Carries candles in her crown

In Brazil you get a secret amigo

You find out (when) Christmas comes around

In Croatia they polish their boots

And every kid gets a twig and sweets

In Uganda they eat luwombo

That’s meat steamed in banana leaves

EAT LUWOMBO!!

(repeat)

PLAY ZAMBOMBA!!

(repeat)

PUTO BUMBONG!!

(repeat)

All around our planet Earth

We remember Jesus birth

For every kid straight haired or curled

It’s Christmas around the world

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