By Katy Gill
Beloved viral video star Dr Jean gave her famous guacamole song a festive remix.
Dr Jean Feldman, whose original ‘Banana Song’ has racked up more than 18 million views on YouTube alone, returned with a Christmas take on the catchy jingle.
Switching up the initial words with jolly replacements in ‘Guacamole Christmas’ the early childhood consultant helps us bake cookies, build snowmen and even decorate the house.
Dr Jean, who has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, made the video at home in
South Carolina, USA.
The 70-year-old said: “With all the doom and gloom in our world I thought ‘Guacamole Christmas’ might add a little balance and put things in perspective.
“Come on, everybody, there’s always something to happy about, life is good.
“I’m reminded of a quote from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; ‘All grown-ups were once children, but very few of them remember it’.
“Christmas and music give us the permission to be children again.”
Dr Jean has been approached by comedy channels wishing to use her videos before and she has declined stating their purpose is to teach children.
Despite this, after her ‘Banana Dance’ song was used at the end of a comedy sketch about avocados, her popularity ballooned.
She said: “It’s interesting that many teenagers and young adults have started watching my videos.
“I realise they are making fun of me, but I also think that there’s a little kid inside of them who still wants to sing and dance and enjoy life.
“There is a great deal of research about anxiety and depression in college and high school students.
“If the ‘guacamole lady’ makes them feel better, then it’s all good.”
Dr Jean has been teaching since 1969 and started making music for workshops across the United States 25 years ago.
Her target audience is kindergarten and first-grade children and she has now produced more than 15 CDs containing her music.
She said: “I have been at this rodeo for a long time and what I’ve found is the world keeps changing, but children are the same.
“They want to be loved and they want to have fun.
“I think most parents are so busy trying to give children things they didn’t have that they are failing to give them what they did have.
“Nursery rhymes, children’s songs, swings, stories, and blocks can never be replaced by an electronic device.
“People sing because they are happy, and they are happy because they sing.
“I think that the whole world needs to sing a little more these days.”