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World Christmas Party

Dan Storper is the CEO and Founder of Putumayo World Music. While people around the world celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in different ways, we all share the common desire to enjoy a festive holiday season with family and friends. After all, “‘tis the season to be jolly,” so Putumayo has assembled some of our favorite upbeat seasonal songs to get you rockin' around the Christmas tree. So get ready to deck the halls with a world Christmas party! (Read on for a chance to win a CD collection of Christmas music.) I’ve always enjoyed looking out for compelling versions of Christmas music recorded in other parts of the world and how different cultures celebrate Christmas. On a trip to New Zealand last year, I found one of my favorites, a Maori recording of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” We also asked two of our favorite international musicians, José Conde and Maria de Barros, to record new versions of “Winter Wonderland” and “Deck the Halls,” which turned out really well. And, among the many other appealing recordings, legendary Poncho Sanchez provides a Latin jazz twist to the Christmas classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” This holiday season, enjoy a fresh spin on Christmas classics in reggae, samba, ska, Cape Verdean coladeira and other musical styles while enjoying Coquito, a Puerto Rican eggnog drink — recipe included in the CD. So, what are your favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas? Let us know by December 7th in the comment section below. One comment post will be selected at random to receive a Putumayo Christmas collection of 5 CDs: World Christmas Party, Christmas Around the World, A Jazz & Blues Christmas, New Orleans Christmas and A Family Christmas. Merry Christmas!

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JDS says …

Jimmy Buffet does a fun Christmas album.

Jodie Oberyant says …

I love to have cool new Orleans holiday music. My family is all from there!

august Marrero says …

The putumayo series is a great expression of world music. I am from NAWLINS and subscribe to OFFBEAT magazine a MAWLINS Music a must to keep up with NAWLINS world music and they has sent me 2 cds Of putumayo series. They are awesome. August Marrero

Mike says …

I do like music of different cultures. I enjoy Salsa music. It puts me into a jolly mood.

Erin K says …

I really love the "Hip Holiday" collections. Pottery Barn had some good collections actually like this. Something swingy is great! would also love something in the Gypsy Kings style!

Akram Dabiri says …

Rudolph the red nose reindeer.

Patricia Soule says …

I like the German version of Silent Night "Stille Nacht" that my husband & I heard in a Frankfurt Germany church as we shared our first married Christmas together.

Margaret says …

I was trying to think about sounds of Xmas and actually the sound that entered my mind was actually the quiet w/magic suspended in the air on Xmas eve. It's like millions of children are holding their breath in anticipation. When I think of music that I enjoy that is not super familiar, it's the Christmas Revels.

Erika says …

Non-traditional sounds? Any sounds? The sound of my father's woodworking tools as he hammers and saws away in his workshop are some of the happiest sounds on the days around Christmas. Building furniture is a favorite hobby, but one he sometime only has time for during vacations. As my mother and I stir and saute in the kitchen, his hammering and sawing nearby is music to our ears!

Nanci Wazienski says …

One of my favorite holiday CDs is a compendium of Medieval Christmas songs. It's so beautiful. Listening to it transports me to another world.

Jennifer says …

I was lucky enough to spend one Christmas in Hawaii many years ago. While I was there I bought a Don Ho Christmas tape and loved the song he sang, "Mele Kalikimaka". Since then I like to play the song at Christmas time because it brings back warm memories of my Christmas spent in Hawaii.

Stacie Walker says …

I would have to say I love the island sounds with a holiday flavor. Steel drums, xylophones,and ukeles make for festive, fun sounds that make holiday music a little more toe tapping hip wiggling.

Linda Tinsley says …

Well, if I knew Cambodian, I'd try and sing a song from our sponsored "daughter" who lives in Cambodia. I work with a church in their Global Outreach area and rejoice in how we are becoming One World. "Let the nations be glad...." Have a joyous, festive holiday season and I'm hopeful theat 2011 will bring a armloads of Heaven for all mankind. With a grateful heart, Linda ps. I like the Celetic Women Christmas music

Lisa says …

Would love to share world christmas music with my toddler. He loves music, turns on the cd player and sits down in a chair and just listens while tapping his hand most times, until he learns parts of the songs then it is dancing time. This collection would be a joy to share with him.

Judy Handal says …

I love the Caribbean song "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy" especially when it is performed with a fun upbeat tempo including drums and rhythm instruments.

Cecilia says …

I have a set of Christmas songs, with a tropical twist, as they're all Hawaiian versions. Another one is of Christmas classics, but modernized and made into dance versions.

helen j hoang says …

think it has been rigged

Karen Wilkins says …

We have a wonderful culturally diverse family, with myself coming from an Irish and Italian catholic family in the North East and my husband from an African American methodist family in the South East, so we have always had a wide variety of songs and styles of Christmas music in our home, including A Jazz and Blues Christmas. However, my favorite sounds of Christmas come from the music writen for a UU holiday pageant which our congregation has presented for the past several years, called "Would You Like to Hold the Baby". It is a beautiful version of the Christmas Story and my beautiful daughter has the title song each year since she was 8 and it has always moved me to tears.

Lisa says …

My favorite non-traditional sounds would be listening to a zambian congregation gather in the village to celebrate christmas. They dance, beat drums and sticks, and of course sing while moving back and forth under the trees outside the small mud structure that serves as their church. It is intoxicating and inviting.

Tiffany says …

The question asks of my favorite non-traditional sound of Christmas. That sound would be the sound of Zion National park in winter where I love to travel. The creek, wind in the canyon, deer snapping twigs near the lodge, it's spectacular!

Julia Everett says …

I have lived a very sheltered life. My husband's favorite is Adam Sandler's Hanukkah. I am completely open to learning about cultures all around the world. Hopefully, I will get to experience them one day.

Maria-Therese says …

My favorite non-traditional sound would have to be "A Holly Jolly Christmas," sung by Burl Ives. I feel he is one of the greatest singers of his generation and the warmth and passion of his voice captures the Christmas spirit. With that said have a holly jolly Christmas!

Sayuri says …

My favorite is FELIZ NAVIDAD! I always remember my country with that song, and it is so happy.

Anna Baros says …

My favorite non traditional Christmas CD is one by mannheim steamroller. They add a crazy mix of modern sound effects to traditional songs that are just "out of this world".

Edith F. Fester says …

I work providing housing at the university for international students from all over the world. Learning the cultures and enjoying the stories of their lives and family holidays are one of the most interesting parts of my job. How nice it would be to have these CD's to play during the day as they come in to visit. Thank you Whole Foods for providing the best quality foods and services to my whole family. Edith

Shannon Smith says …

I loved O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)from when I grew up in Germany. Brings back lovely memories.

Libbye Chu says …

My most favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas is a CD of Gregorian Christmas chants. I play this year round but its especially enjoyable during the holiday season.

Karen says …

I love the song Riu Chiu. Of all people, the Monkees did an a cappella version of it.

Cheryl says …

Whenever I hear Band Aid's Feed the World, I am reminded of the season and it's meaning.

Lynne Kinsey says …

I like festive and lively Klezmer music. It is not Chrismasy and is more suitable for Chanukah, but it is music than everyone can love. It will have you tapping your toes and humming along.

Nan Nungess says …

Louis Armstrong's Is that you Santy Claus?

Cheryl says …

I've never actually listened to any non-traditional Christmas music...but I plan to check some out based on these great comments. Thanks!

Jill Moore says …

My husband and I somehow ALWAYS seem to get out Miles Davis and Najee CDs and play them mixed in with our more traditional Christams music. There is something about the rawness of Miles blending with the almost airlike rush of Najee that just seems to blance it all out. Try it out and comment back with your thoughts. To ALL at Whole Foods...and Everywhere-have a blessed, beautiful, joyful and above all-Love filled holiday season! Jill Moore jilljam1988@hotmail.com

gloria lorenzo says …

Mannheim Steamroller--anything they do for Christmas--the sounds are So Unique because of the variety of instruments. Just as Whole Foods is my favorite place to shop because of the Unique selections in everything from imported cheeses to wines. Mannheim and Whole Foods--A Holiday Combo that is My Favorite!

Deepi says …

I love Hawaiian slack key guitar Christmas music. It's so sweet and reminds me of a different kind of holiday, warm and bright.

Jane says …

My favorite has got to be "The Christmas Song." Nothing like "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and folks dressed up like Eskimos" to keep make your Christmas merry!

Lauren says …

I've heard some of the Putumayo music in the past and loved the Christmas song from other parts of the world. My most favorite non-traditional song is Feliz Navidad! it makes you wants to smile!

Melody says …

I would like to say my favorite non traditional Christmas song is a beautiful song in another language, but the Mariah Carey song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" gives me a rush of nostalgia. My closest high school friends and I used to cook a Christmas lunch together every year and it was always on the playlist. Although we have lived apart for several years and haven't always been able to continue the tradition, hearing that song always makes me smile and remember the fun!

Leigh says …

My new favorite is Sting's "If On a Winter's Night...." It's traditional lullabies, carols and songs from the British Isles all tweaked with Sting's personal style. A beautiful and relaxing celebration of winter! Happy Holidays!

April says …

I love Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt and Merry Christmas Baby by The Boss (aka: Bruce Springsteen).

Becki says …

We actually haven't heard a lot of nontraditional stuff so the comments here are great to expand our horizons. :)

Amy Miller says …

Love Putumayo and my kids do even more! While not International per-se; we enjoy Mele Kalikimaka. I was born in Hawaii and have been singing it since I was a wee one. Now my kids enjoy it. Love Putumayo's version of it on "A Family Christmas".

Amy says …

I love all the Cape Verdean music on your CD's. N'gosta muito!

heather says …

I have a CD of Old World Christmas carols that I just adore. A Putamaya collection sounds lovely, too! Cheers, *Heather*

Suz Warren says …

I like jazz Christmas music. Also Loreena Mckennot (sp?).

Mary says …

I actually like Wham's Last Christmas. Oh well....

Ariana says …

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Burrito Sabanero" which was originally from a venezuelan kid called Ricardo Cueci. Here´s another version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhUDmYmvlLQ&feature=related I find it to be really happy...it always makes me smile and it reminds me of the times when I was a little girl. I hope you like it. Happy holidays to everybody!!

William Dunphy says …

Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson

ashleigh simpson says …

i love latin christmas music with acoustic guitar!

Jillian N. Traugott says …

Hello! My all time fav XMAS song is Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas in Hawaiian), off of the Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation Soundtrack (by Bing CROSBY!) ! It is a CLASSIC!

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