Merry Christmas! Songs from Rachel and Alex

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

We hope you are celebrating and making memories with your friends and family.  

This year, at our Signing Time Christmas Party, we filmed a couple of songs for you. I hope you enjoy them!

“What Child Is This?”
Rachel Coleman

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“Could I Hold The Baby?”
Alex Brown

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Happy Holidays!

Love~
Rachel, Alex, Leah, and everyone at Two Little Hands Productions

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. www.deafchildren.org Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at www.mydeafchild.org. For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on www.SignItASL.com. Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

29 thoughts on “Merry Christmas! Songs from Rachel and Alex

  1. Thank You Rachel so much for all you’ve done and everyone at Two Little Hands have done in the past years for my family and many others. I love seeing Rachel and getting to know Rachel in the Chats, you have so many wonderful talents. Watching these clips were a great way to wrap up the Christmas Eve, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of yours. I can’t wait to show these videos to Hallie when she wakes up in the morning; she’s going to love them (just as she loves all things Signing Time related…we have yet to capture her on video but she’s now signing all of the animals, all of the colors, and beginning to sign letters correctly. It’s so cute to see her import sign language into her renditions of Sesame Street songs, too…she’s especially proud of her “C” in “C’ is for Cookie”). Anyway, it’s so great to know that we’re raising a little girl who is turning out to be bilingual because of all of your excellent work.

  3. This just sealed it for me. I am totally in the mood for Christmas, Especially Alex’s song and the part about whether Jesus knew why he had come.

    Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  4. Both song are beautiful. We discovered signing time in the last six months from a carepage. It has opened my childs eyes to the world around him and he can start a conversation with us! It is wonderful and we are all so blessed to have you!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. What a beautiful gift to see and hear on Christmas morning. Thank you for everything Rachel, Emilie and families. Merry Christmas to all with love from our family to yours.

  6. So the only thing that would have been better is if Rachel had signed while playing the guitar….ROFL just kidding! This was so beautiful that Anyka just woke up and asked “Mom why are you crying? It’s PARTY TIME!” Merry Chrstimas to all the Signing Time! Family and thanks for everything!

  7. That was beautiful! Merry Christmas Rachel, Aaron, Leah, Lucy and Alex! This past year has been wonderful watching the videos and connecting with the ST world. We look forward to another year of sign and a whole new beginning.
    Love,
    April, Grayson, Logan and the rest of the gang.

  8. Thank you for sharing with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family. What a great job you did Alex. You brought happy tears to my eyes.

  9. Merry Christmas Rachel and everyone at Signing Time. The songs were beautiful. What Child is This is one of my all time favorites, but I’ve never heard the other one before. I am going to look for that one. Thanks for a wonderful year of signs.

  10. Love to read your blog. We’re HUGE Signing Time fans, and even met you one time when you were in Austin TX about 2.5 years ago.
    Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and what a sweet post. I almost teared up hearing Alex sing. So precious.

  11. “What Child is This” is my all- time favorite Christmas song. I was so excited to share my favorite song with my Deaf daughter. How disappointed we both were to have no one signing along with Rachel’s beautiful voice.

  12. I loved the videos. I have never heard Alex’s song before but it was fantastic. On another note: I think my 21 month old daughter thinks that Rachel’s name IS Signing Time. We are excited to introduce Signing Time to the newest member of our family. Thanks for all you do and Merry Christmas!

  13. Alex, I loved your song! And Rachel, your selection is also one of my favorites–thanks so much for sharing your beautiful voices with your many fans. Hope your Christmas was Merry and that the New Year will be peaceful and prosperous for us all.

  14. Signing time has been a huge inspiration in my class. My students and their families love it! Keep the DVDs coming =-) Happy Holidays!

  15. I just came across your blog tonight from a friend of mines blog. I just wanted to thank you for all that you have done. Your videos have helped me and my daughter learn ASL. I have found such a passion for ASL that I will be taking a course at the local college to learn more. You and your daughter have been such an inspiration to me. From the bottom of my heart….Thank You!

  16. hey Rachel and leah and Alex,
    Question? any chance of learning sign for certain Christian words… I cant seem to locate them anywhere…

    Jesus, God and any others for people to learn

    i want to learn some so I can do a sunday morning service using sign

    Merry Christmas

  17. Sally: Thank you – hope you had a Merry Christmas

    Thyra: Alex is full of talent – he is an incredible pianist and plays guitar

    Kathryn Devlin: Thanks. He is a doll!

    Linda de: Thanks mom. Love you too

    Megan: You are so very welcome

    abby: You gals are great. Congrats on the soon to be new little signer!

    Jaclyn: Good! Merry XMAS

    kim: glad you found us and that we have been a help!

    Kei: Thanks my friend

    Aly: I TRIED Aly 😉

    April (Salisbury8): Thanks April – I am looking forward to it as well

    Lisa: Thanks, it was fun to be able to share those with all of you

    Melissa(coffeemomof2): sweet song isn’t it?

    Gloria: You too!

    tardis_mom: Merry Christmas to you and yours

    Holly: You are not the first to make that request 😉

    Cheryl: I believe that was only the 2nd outreach event we had ever done. Glad you were there and glad you found me here!

    Kathy: I totally understand – we pulled this together on fairly short notice and Leah was not thrilled about trying to learn either song and sign it along in one take.

    Marci Welch: Happy Holidays

    Michelle: A LOT of kids just call me “Signing Time” – that’s ok

    Vickie: Give my best to your whole family

    Danielle: Merry Christmas to you too

    JenML: Thanks

    Vanessa: GOOD! I love hearing when Signing Time leads you looking for MORE MORE MORE sign language resources in your local area.
    You are welcome.

    Kerri: Second request for this in the comments here. We have considered it. In the meantime there are some on-line ASL resources – search “Life Print ASL”

  18. Thanks for blessing us with both of your voices with the Christmas songs. I want to thank you because my almost 2 year old granddaughter Ava is enjoying your videos. She knows over 100 signs and has a stong vocabulary. You have truly blessed my family. May God bless you 100 fold!!!!!

    Patty, Chris, Nate, Autumn, Josh, Ava, Sarah & Brandon

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