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World Christmas Party

By Dan Storper, November 22, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Dan Storper
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!
Category: Holidays 2010

 

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Suz Warren says ...
I like jazz Christmas music. Also Loreena Mckennot (sp?).
11/22/2010 4:48:13 PM CST
Simi says ...
My favorite xmas song from another part of the world is: RBD -FELIZ NAVIDAD- Its from a spanish group and its a great song i love their music! Hope to win the xmas cd's i would LOVE THEM! Happy Holidays! xoxo Simi
11/23/2010 2:02:40 AM CST
10isha says ...
My favorite Christmas Song in Portuguese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alAoLoNCe_M&feature=related , by Nelly Furtado. I shop whole foods all the time and would be so grateful to win the music for the holidays. Thank you for all the great things you do for the world and community. Thank you Whole Foods! 10isha
11/23/2010 11:58:49 AM CST
Cathy says ...
My favorite non-traditional Christmas song has to be Feliz Navidad. I remember my grandma on the Mexican side of our family singing it in the kitchen whilst she prepared Christmas dinner when I was a little girl growing up. I miss her but will always remember he singing it.
11/23/2010 2:29:47 PM CST
Mary says ...
I actually like Wham's Last Christmas. Oh well....
11/24/2010 8:47:05 PM CST
Heather Freeman says ...
I recently heard Colbie Caillat's "Mistleto" and it has made my holiday favorites list! Makes me want to cozy up to a warm fire with my family.
11/26/2010 12:20:59 AM CST
heather says ...
I have a CD of Old World Christmas carols that I just adore. A Putamaya collection sounds lovely, too! Cheers, *Heather*
11/26/2010 10:04:00 AM CST
Natalie says ...
My husband and I love to scour the record shops for old holiday vinyl. Our favorite find features reggae, African, and island takes on traditional Christmas songs.
11/26/2010 11:40:18 AM CST
les says ...
i think that fiona apple's voice makes traditional songs "non-traditional" and she's one of my family's favorites...
11/26/2010 11:50:56 AM CST
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
11/26/2010 4:47:54 PM CST
sw says ...
I love the reggae song Happy Christmas. Not sure who it's by, but it's great :)
11/26/2010 5:59:10 PM CST
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!!
11/26/2010 6:40:41 PM CST
Shannon Smith says ...
I loved O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)from when I grew up in Germany. Brings back lovely memories.
11/26/2010 6:47:51 PM CST
Amy says ...
I love all the Cape Verdean music on your CD's. N'gosta muito!
11/26/2010 9:26:18 PM CST
Betts Grant says ...
I have a mac and I couldn't open the music.
11/27/2010 7:12:15 AM CST
April says ...
I love Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt and Merry Christmas Baby by The Boss (aka: Bruce Springsteen).
11/27/2010 9:35:05 AM CST
Bethany says ...
We love the Celtic Chirstmas DVD by the Celtic Women. We also love Putamayo CD's and would love to win!
11/27/2010 11:50:38 AM CST
Leslie Fitzgerald says ...
Our family has such diverse musical tastes. My favorite is African music. Brian likes Irish music best. Michael prefers Americana. Looks like this CD collection would have something for everyone
11/27/2010 12:08:04 PM CST
Joey Belpedio says ...
Love all types of Christmas Music, but especially Christmas music from Lousiana, Jazz, Zydecho, Blues, it's all good
11/27/2010 12:24:14 PM CST
Stacy Stine says ...
my favorite are the Celtic Christmas and for fun, since I live in FL, I put the Carribean Christmas on while I'm cleaning or decorating.
11/27/2010 1:14:05 PM CST
MartiC says ...
My favorite non-traditional Christmas song has to be Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses...it just makes me smile.
11/27/2010 8:31:10 PM CST
MICHELLE says ...
I love that song Christmas Wrappings by The Waitresses.
11/27/2010 8:55:41 PM CST
Clara says ...
My favorite is Spirit of Christmas Past by Enya.
11/28/2010 5:52:09 AM CST
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!
11/28/2010 7:39:08 AM CST
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!
11/28/2010 7:49:32 AM CST

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