I have one online student currently. She’s Mongolian, grew up in the USSR, and lived in Moscow for a few years. We had a lesson today, and when we were getting ready to hang up, she said “WAIT! I forgot I have a song to sing you.” And she proceeded to serenade me with the Russian new year’s song (for children–Russia doesn’t have grown-up holiday songs) “In the forest was born a little tree.”

In the forest was born a little tree,
And in the forest it grew
Winter and summer tall and thin,
Winter and summer green

The blizzard sang it a song:
“Go to sleep, little tree, lulli-lullay”
The frost wrapped it up in snow:
“Stay warm!”

The skittish little gray rabbit
Hopped by under the tree.
In time an angry wolf
Trotted by.

The snow in the dense forest
Squeaked under runners [Nathan tells me this is the correct word–I’m not sure]
A shaggy-footed little horse
Runs up.

The little horse pulls a little sleigh
And in the little sleigh is a little man
He cut down our little tree
Just above the root.

Now it’s all dressed up
And came to us for the holiday
And it brought lots of joy
For the little children.

 

While we’re on that note, I may as well share another song, this one a Christmas song that David learned at preschool (which all Russians attend from age 2-7).

The little sheep and little cows
Bowed their heads,
Pleasantly surprised
To have guests.

They had no idea,
No idea, no idea,
Who had come, had come
Jesus Christ came down and was born in squalor.

Suddenly the angels started to sing
And in the manger-cradle
The Christ-child drifted off
On the fragrant hay.

I sing and rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
Alleluia, Alleluia Jesus
He was born in the cave [What?]
And saved me in faith.

They had no idea,
No idea, no idea,
Who had come, had come
Jesus Christ came down and was born in squalor.

 

In the holiday spirit yet?

 

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