One of our family new years goals was to learn a new hymn from the big hymn book (that's what we call the one that isn't the children's hymn book at our house) every month throughout the year.
So far so good. We started with "Called to Serve" (the older kids already sort of knew that one so it was a good place to start) then we headed on to "The Spirit of God" and "We are all Enlisted" (kids loved the idea of a war anthem) and now we're on to "Come, Come Ye Saints." Lest you think Josh and I are being overly bossy you should know that each month we have allowed one of the children to choose a the hymn for the month so these songs are their choices, not ours.
We learn two verses of each song and at the end of the month the kids have to sing it to Josh and me on their own to pass it off. It's pretty adorable to watch actually. They get sort of nervous even though the only thing that would happen if they didn't know the song is that we would sing it some more.
Anyway, the point is we are learning some hymns...but our little ones like to spice it up a bit. They have taken to leading the music every night (an event that used to be reserved for family home evening on Monday nights) and Ellie just loves dancing as we sing. She does tend to belt out her particular favorite bits of the song, but the rest of the time she just twirls and bounces and struts and tumbles and is adorable. Bedtime at our house is not overly subdued, but it is incredibly smile inducing. At least for me it is.
Thought I'd share a glimpse.