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The Soundtrack of Christmas
Christmas can't be far away. The marketing blitz has begun, festive music fills the airwaves and the shopping malls, people are organizing celebrations, and there have been more than a few sightings of Santa.
There is so much that parents can do to prepare their children to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas. There is no better way for children to spread a little Yuletide cheer than by singing joyful Christmas songs like "Jingle Bells" at the top of their voices.
Christmas is a time of special music. There are songs of every kind for this time of the year. For those who see the magic of the Yuletide season most clearly through the eyes of children, there are plenty of great kids' carols to go around.
Singing with kids makes Christmas celebrations all the more enjoyable and lively.
Here are some of my favourites. Come on, gather around and sing some Christmas songs.
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
For many years now, fathers have been dressing up in white beards and red suits around Christmas time. It was Tommie Connor who wrote this little song in 1952, and he was lucky enough to have 12-year-old Jimmy Boyd record it in a version that sold nearly two million copies in the first year.
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
In 1932, J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie wrote the words and music of this song, but no music publisher was interested in the song because it was a kiddie tune; kiddie tunes were known to be uncommercial.
At the time, Coots was writing special material for comedian Eddie Cantor, to whom he showed the song. But even Cantor was about to turn it down for his radio show until his wife Ida persuaded him to give it a try. This was near Thanksgiving in 1934.
Of course, it was an instant hit. The radio audience went wild over the song. Since then, there have been many recordings of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The popular version was the one recorded by Bing Cosby, The Andrews Sisters and Perry Como.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" started life as a poem created by Robert May. He was requested to produce a poem that could be given away to children by the Santa Claus employed by department stores at Christmas! This marketing ploy was a massive success, and approximately 2.5 million "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" poems were given away in the first year of its publication!
In 1949, the singer Gene Autry introduced "Rudolph" at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He recorded a musical version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" composed by Johnny Marks.
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For most of us, "Jingle Bells" has come to be synonymous with Christmas. James Pierpont wrote it in 1857 for a Thanksgiving program for a Boston church, where he taught Sunday school.
He titled his song "The One Horse Open Sleigh" and made the rhythm so jaunty and the words so catchy that his 40 students learned it instantly. A friend of Pierpont's, admiring the song, called it "Merry Little Jingle" and helped give the tune the name by which we know it today. The children's first performance was such a success that they were asked to repeat it at Christmas time.
I have a few more favourites like "Away In a Manger", "Little Drummer Boy" and "Frosty the Snowman", but they are a bit long for young children to memorize. I have noticed that some songs, when sung by very young children during Christmas pageants or school programs, learn hand gestures and motions to go along with the chorus. I guess this is one way to get them enthusiastic about learning the song as well as help them remember the words more easily.
I must admit that most Christmas songs that I know now are songs that I learned when I was a child. These songs just stay in your mind and your heart forever.
How about you? What are your favourite children's Christmas carols?
Here are some Christmas songs from YouTube. I hope you enjoy them and have a Merry Christmas!
What Are Your All-Time Favourite Christmas Carols?
DON NADIE01 on December 06, 2012:
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We wish you a merry christmas
lilly on December 02, 2012:
At Christmas me and my family are going up to the mainland
tasia on December 01, 2012:
I LOVE TO SING
trisha and dawn on November 29, 2012:
so amazing i love it its so wonderful GREAT
Mary on November 26, 2012:
I like it very mach!!
Gracie on November 23, 2012:
I love the songs there so cool!!:)
gabriella on November 18, 2012:
im trying to find a christmas song to sing in chours
Anonymous on November 15, 2012:
I like DECK THE HALLS
sara on November 08, 2012:
sharon on October 27, 2012:
very useful , and i like very much
Kenny on October 20, 2012:
I love these songs . They were awesome.
Ja Lissa on May 30, 2012:
i love these song they rock!!!!!!!!!
alisha on May 06, 2012:
All the songs r g8 except away in manger
chloe on January 02, 2012:
really good songs wish i coud print and sing carols
Emma on December 31, 2011:
I think all your songs are
Fantastic. The best one I like is
Joy to the world .
latwannaallen on December 24, 2011:
i love christmas
me on December 24, 2011:
great songs very simple
epicurioua on December 23, 2011:
i love your carols
A person you dont know BUT TRUST ME THE PERSONS AWESOME! on December 23, 2011:
Thanks I love singing Christmas carols around the house FIVE STARS!
^^happy on December 22, 2011:
MART RAINIER YULAS on December 21, 2011:
I LOVE IT! ITS SO COOL!!!!
Tom on December 20, 2011:
kacy on December 20, 2011:
good songs but wish come and join the celebration was there
jordyn 7 years old on December 20, 2011:
thease are wouldful songs.
john paul on December 20, 2011:
ito ang hinahanap ko kasi nangangailangan kami ng kanta pampasko na english kasi yung kinakarolingan namin gusto english
keely on December 19, 2011:
i loved the songs i sang the to my family last christmas my singing is coming on very good.
Mikayla just welcomed Nick to Ravenskye City! on December 18, 2011:
THEY ARE LOVEY SONGS.
rinky on December 18, 2011:
Christmas on December 18, 2011:
Christmas is my favorite holiday ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sarah on December 18, 2011:
there are lovely carols.thank you for sharing.Its fun
Rachel on December 17, 2011:
I like the carols too
ashlie and antionette on December 17, 2011:
we love the songs that are here . we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year 2012
Alayna on December 17, 2011:
chloe on December 17, 2011:
really good to lean and happy christmas. thank you very much
chloe barwell on December 16, 2011:
i like thease song they are christmas rock songs:) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Romano Arnesto from Philippines on December 16, 2011:
What a lovely collection of Christmas songs! Thanks for sharing MM!
mimi on December 16, 2011:
I love it very much. it is exactly what i want to find for my kids. good job man!!
Lauren Kelley on December 15, 2011:
I love this web-site! I'ts so cool!!!
Xmas girl on December 15, 2011:
I used to go to that church until i had to move because of my hubby's job
jake on December 13, 2011:
i love yuor songs
joshua22883 on December 12, 2011:
loveALL THEE SONGS FELIZ NAVIDAD COOL DECK THE HALLS EVERYTHING IS AWSOME
Piper on December 12, 2011:
I Love singing it is my passion so this site is really cool beacause christmas is my favorite holiday of the year!
kaya on December 12, 2011:
Christmas is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cheyenne on December 11, 2011:
i am singing all these songs at my church my church is called trinity assembly it is in florida
Darrel Mott on December 11, 2011:
I love this carols cose in the school, I´ve got a exam, and I must sing a carol
jm on December 10, 2011:
Dear people I love silent night because it talks about the lord
Briana126 on December 10, 2011:
I really loved Deck The Halls.
Bharati on December 10, 2011:
i was searching carols for my children and i liked all very much. i wish some more carols next time.
Nancy on December 10, 2011:
I love, i love your songs very much. Joy to the world my sunday school kids really enjoy it.
happy christmas to all
JESSICA on December 09, 2011:
THE BEST SONG WAS FELIZ NAVIDAD
Martina Demanuele on December 08, 2011:
I like all the songs and most are Silet Night because I need to sing it and Joy To The World because I am a drumer and I need to know the words by heart GREAT JOD :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!P.S I AM MALTESE
lee on December 07, 2011:
i love it lol
kaylat on December 07, 2011:
christmas is great
Akshita is a Nightmare Slayer! on December 07, 2011:
Ashleigh on December 04, 2011:
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kane on December 04, 2011:
i love all of tham because they are brilliant songs like jingle bells and deck the halls
Tiffany on December 04, 2011:
I like your songs.
Rachel on December 03, 2011:
ashley on December 01, 2011:
I love those songs even the one called I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus and it actually there dads all the time in a white beard and dressed up in Santa clauses suit he wears every Christmas. Those song are cool awesome Margery fun to sing
Darcey on December 01, 2011:
These are really christmasy songs nice and peaceful and a nix mix of rock and sweet I say this website is the most sucsecful and brillant childrens carols website well done
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merry christmas and a happy new year!
Katie on December 01, 2011:
This music touches my heart...."away in a manger no crib for a bed the lit... sorry have to go and Merry christmas everyone!
Darcey on December 01, 2011:
That was so soft and beautiful lovely for practising for services.Another good thing is that there soft and sweet songs and rock carols so its a very peacful mix and to everybody who is reading this I wish you a merry christmas
LUCY ANN on November 30, 2011:
I LIKE THE SONGS BECAUSE AT SCHOOL WE HAVE A CHOIR AND IM IN IT WE SING RUDOLF THE RED NOSE REINDEER AND JINGLE BELLS ROCK BUT YOU SHOULD REALLY PUT THE FIRST BIT OF RUDOLF BECAUSE I DONT KNOW IT SO I HAVE TO LEARN IT I KNOW THE START YOU KNOW DASHER AND DANCER BUT, I DO NOT KNOW THE REST
Bernadette on November 29, 2011:
My 3 year-old son listens to it and said that it was a beautiful music.
poppy on November 29, 2011:
i love away in a manger
I KNEW IT OFF BY HEART WHEN I WAS ONLY 4YRS OLD
lillie on November 28, 2011:
all the songs help me practise for a chrismas play at school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
latecia on November 27, 2011:
i luv FELIZ NAVIDAD i really luv and i mean luv every song, i hope every one has a great christmas santa will be coming soon by people. sincerely
latecia blanca beltran.
temari11 on November 27, 2011:
this is a really good website
Lily Rahman on November 27, 2011:
I luv all ov dem buh OH COME YE ALL FAITHFUL is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
meganquinn12 on November 27, 2011:
these are the best christmas carols
Carmen and Carlos Pastor Garcia on November 27, 2011:
I am from Spain and i was looking for some christmas carols and i found this web with my brother Carlos, this songs are fantastic but we were thinking why dont you put jingle bell rock as a video and we have two more songs that we sing in our school that you could write and put videos, one of them is LET ALL THE PEOPLE REJOICE and the other one is, WE HAVE FOUND HIM by by
from Carmen and Carlos Pastor Garcia.
xavier on November 24, 2011:
i love these , there awsome
Casey Hunt on November 21, 2011:
these are great songs my class loved them.
the awesome one on November 20, 2011:
i luv all the awesome songs especially i saw mommy kissing santa clause that was my fav. luved it. plus it is almost christmas. can't wait!
angelina on November 20, 2011:
I like the christmas carols i like i saw mommy kissing santa claus, santa claus is coming to town,rudolph the red nose reindeer,jingle bells,jingle bell rock
,we wish you a merry christmas,and twleve days of christmas.
emily on November 19, 2011:
i love santa claus is comimg to town
sarah on November 19, 2011:
that is a lovely christmas night song with loads of relaxing
unknown on November 13, 2011:
ellie lewis on November 09, 2011:
I LOVE ALL THE SONGS I CAN`T STOP SINGING THEM
aiden on November 05, 2011:
i love jingel bells
aiden on November 05, 2011:
Madina123 on October 26, 2011:
i like these carols we sing some at school
Kimberley on October 25, 2011:
I lile it if you would be able to put on Little Star and I t was on a starry night when the hills were bright.Hope you have a nice xmas everybody.Next week on Monday it is Halloween.Thanks for my advice and you advice too.
kesha on October 10, 2011:
i love jingle bells
LEXE on December 31, 2010:
ALL THESE CHRISTMAS SONGS MAKE ME CRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nithya on December 23, 2010:
i love these songs
hero christian navarro on December 22, 2010:
ang ganda more learnings......
Supriyo Mallick on December 22, 2010:
Thanks for the nice carols
annabel on December 13, 2010:
can you guys make new songs like midnight and we three kings and starlight all those new songs if you dont know
where to get it just come to montpelier primary school
it is at w5 2qt ealing brodway at london and when you come to the reception ask for miss Goodals and you can make millions because our schoolis going to give you millions IF you get those congs we asked for
LOVE ANNABEL 5EH MISS HAYWARDS CLASS
MM Del Rosario (author) from NSW, Australia on December 08, 2010:
Thank you very much for all your comments. Over the years I have compiled Christmas carols for kids and I have added more You Tube videos, so you can sing along. Enjoy and have fun in singing the carols. Thanks for visiting and I hope you will come back next year. Have a Blessed Christmas.
grace on December 02, 2010:
Ilove cristmas song and my birthday
Christmaslover2346 on November 30, 2010:
i love carols. thanks for the great songs. my fav. is i saw mommy kissing santa claus.
ivelisse on November 29, 2010:
i love these carols
Tinuke on November 28, 2010:
I love the songs and how they where composed,they sound beautiful and made someone to know that the Lord,Jesus Christ came to life on earth,to save me and you from Sins.
Kaityn on November 25, 2010:
Wow thanx for all those christmas carols and videos they were awsome i mostly come to this web site to look at the christmas carols
Sharon on November 21, 2010:
What a wonderful collection of Christmas songs!
Would love to find a Kris Kringle song for preschoolers if anyone has one out there.
God bless you!
Himani Gupta on December 22, 2009:
I love all the Cristmas Carols because they bring a spirit of joy to us about Christmas but from my side the best carol which I like is Jingle Bells.
Iman on December 19, 2009:
i love them so much i can't stop singing
SamiAnne on December 15, 2009:
I was wondering why i was getting so many views on my twelve days of Christmas video on you-tube from hub.com. While my hub pages showed i was getting no views. the views are coming from you site. And it is a nice! you did a wonderful job. you must get tons of views a day.
Madison on December 12, 2009:
Christmas is the best time of the year for me because I get to spend time with my family and listen to christmas music withmy family! The songs are great for the kids to listen to because they learn about Jesus. the music got me into the mood toread the bible sing about JESUS!