The following guest post is from Jennifer of Swing Whistle Zing:
Music is about as important to the holiday season as cookies and presents. What would Christmas be without its accompanying soundtrack of carols, hymns and original popular Christmas songs?
But, if your children get stuck on a favorite album (or worse a favorite song) well then your soundtrack of Christmas may carry a whole new meaning. Ever found yourself wearing earmuffs inside the house, anyone?
This year, you can be prepared with some new favorites, pre-screened and selected to make parents just as happy to sing along as their kids.
Here are a few of my picks (listed in order from youngest to oldest listeners) from the world of Kindie music:
A Laurie Berkner Christmas by Laurie Berkner
This album, released last year, will please even the littlest ears in your house. Laurie’s zest for children’s music is evident in her creation of this album that includes both traditional and original holiday music. The two biggest highlights of this album are her original songs (“Candy Cane Jane,” “Santa is Coming to My House Tonight,” and “Christmas Lights”) and a couple of rarely heard traditional ones (“Children Go Where I Send Thee” and “Christmas is Coming”).
Recommended for: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Dancing the Wiggles Out and Singing Out Loud With Zest
A Child’s Christmas by Susie Tallman
Do you have a long car trip ahead? This may be your family’s answer to screen-free entertainment. At over an hour long, this is one of the longest albums available and it has bonus content of jokes and a holiday story to boot. With a style that reminds me of a good stage show soundtrack, Susie Tallman’s renditions of the holiday classics are sung with the talent and enthusiasm of an enjoyable Broadway show. They’re catchy and easy to sing along with, while produced with kids in mind.
Recommended for: Toddlers, Preschoolers & Elementary Age Kids, Singing Out Loud, Road Trip Entertainment
Santa Songs by Hullabaloo
Hullabaloo describes their sound as farm-fresh, free-range, organic kid-folk; I just love that! Their sound is filed with strumming guitars and good-old fashioned solid singing. Most of the songs you find on this album will be familiar favorites, but they are performed in, well, a farm-fresh way that the whole family can enjoy. Are you listening to Jingle Bells just a few too many times? Try their catchy rendition for an ear pleasing change.
Recommended for: Good Old Fashioned Family Sing-Alongs, Unabashed Repeat Play, Traditional Christmas Favorites
(Hullabaloo’s 2012 release Raise a Ruckus, is also highly recommended; read the review here.)
Christmas In Concord by Dan Zanes
Dan Zanes’ music embodies the spirit of kindie. His original songwriting and jovial delivery are spot on for a family looking to please music lovers of all ages. This collection is reminiscent of his own family’s Christmas celebrations growing up in Concord, NH. Mostly comprised of fun arrangements of traditional carols, my favorite track from the album is the original song, “I’m Counting the Days” which was inspired by his and his co-writer, Suzan-Lori Parks’, memories of waiting for their military fathers to return home from service for the holidays.
Recommended for: Little Ears, Big Ears and Everyone in Between, Singer-Songwriter Style Fans, Traditional Christmas Carol Sing-Alongs
The Sounding Joy by Elizabeth Mitchell
Brand new for 2013, this album is destined to be a classic. With 24 songs (one for December 1st through 24th), your family can enjoy amazing music that reinforces the story of Jesus’ birth with songs unlike any other you may have in your current holiday music collection. This recording from Smithsonian Folkways, attempts to save these beautiful, traditional American holiday songs with the amazing sound of collected, ecumenical voices. All of who come together to sing with the lovely Grammy-nominated lead vocalist, Elizabeth Mitchell.
Recommended for: Family Gatherings, Bringing a Peaceful Sound to a Busy Season, Connecting with the Message of Joy Surrounding Christ’s Birth
Free Christmas Music Download
This list was a lot of fun, but there’s so much more kindie holiday music to enjoy, so I have an early Christmas gift for you!
Visit Swing Whistle Zing for a special limited time free kids’ Christmas music song download, including a preview track from Hullabaloo’s Santa Songs. This download will be available through December 26th, so don’t forget to add it to your Christmas List.
|Jennifer, is a stay at home mom to two energetic, fun loving boys ages 6 and 3. She found a new passion in exploring great children’s music after becoming a mom, which she blogs about at Swing Whistle Zing. Jennifer fancies finding quality tunes the whole family can enjoy, and dancing with her boys (both big and little) to her favorite songs that connect her to the past & keep her grounded in the present.|