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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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Rikke says …

My favorite Christmas song is Jul det' cool by Mc Einar. I'ts a famous Danish rap song from 1988 and even though i live here now, it is definetly on my christmas listning list! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IUiFazN-nQ

Janie Jones says …

It ain't the Christmas season until we have listened to everything we have by Loreena McKennitt and Medieval Babes! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Kim Suarez says …

I love instrumental religious music of all kinds. It takes me back to my childhood days at church. Also, reminds me of elementary school music class. Love this especially during the holidays.

E says …

The crackling of wood in a fireplace.

Marissa Hockenberry says …

Fav non-traditional sounds - people laughing, because I can hear it all year long!

Janet says …

I am a big Pearl Jam fan so I always feel festive listening to the Pearl Jam Christmas singles.

Aleta Nissen says …

My favorite Christmas sounds comes from the Scandinavian celebration of Santa Lucia - it is so beautiful. And the ceremony with all in white and Santa Lucia with a crown of candles on her head is luminous. Brings back wonderful memories of Scandinavia and the Nordic countries in winter.

Belinda Gross says …

I don't know if this is non-traditional, but I like MANNHIEM STEAMROLLER's Christmas music. Also the Trans Siberian Orchestra is full of wonderful sounds. Celtic Chirstmas by the Celtic Women is one of my favorites too. One of favorites from them is Walking In The Air. Alvin And The Chipmunks - Hula Hoop(Christmas Don't Be Late)

M Vincent says …

I like Christmas Jazz Music.

Kaveri Singh says …

I'm always looking to share the joy of the holiday seasons with my students with music from around the world.My personal favorite is Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano. I would love to check out Putumavo's collection.I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Happy Holiday!

Bethany says …

We love the Celtic Chirstmas DVD by the Celtic Women. We also love Putamayo CD's and would love to win!

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

Joey Belpedio says …

Love all types of Christmas Music, but especially Christmas music from Lousiana, Jazz, Zydecho, Blues, it's all good

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.

J. Christina Smith says …

A few years ago I hosted an AFS student from Greenland. So now I enjoy listening to a Christmas CD by Greenlandic singer Rasmus Lyberth, entitled Meerannguaqarpoq taqqamani.

Phoenix says …

I'm not very familiar with non-traditional Christmas music, but for seasonal music I like Festival of Light, a Hanukkah compilation including cuts by Marc Cohn & Jane Siberry.

Regina says …

I love Celtic Christmas music. But my favorite sound of Christmas is a little bird ornament that my grandfather had on his tree that when you turned it on the bird sang. It was beautiful and I miss him so much this time of year. He has been gone eighteen years.

Lynn Spencer says …

I love the sound of snow crunching under my feet as we take our daily walk. Soometimes people have Christmas music along with their decorations; other times we hear wind chimes gently ringing in the season.

Diane Campbell says …

Love all your music.

Heather Oswald says …

I love listening to Harry Connick Jrs. version of the classics, it's my daughter's favorite and for a spunkier version, Trans Siberian Orchestra is beautiful.

Vero says …

My favorite xmas songs are from Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo...but the best are from an amazing venezuelan group named Voz Veis...from their xmas cd Como se llega a belen? My favorites ones are: Como se llega a belen? Santa Claus is coming to town Ven a mi casa esta navidad

Juan says …

My favorite Christmas song has to be "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano

bette leque says …

A Celtic Christmas-Peace on Earth (Windham Hill Collection) 1999

Mark Acuna says …

A french-canadian carol sung by Celine Dion my mom used to listen to

bette leque says …

A Celtic Christmas-Peace on Earth (Windham Hill Collection) 1999. very peaceful, soothing and easy to listen a number of times.

Diane Campbell says …

Love all the music from this site....

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.

Laurel Zangerl-Salter says …

It's actually virtually a non-sound: the hush of a lightly falling snow, not the howling of a major storm but the gentle tension release of quietness in the world.

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

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

Daphne says …

Any music played on steel drums is a special treat at Christmas time because it reminds us there is someplace warm and sunny in the world!

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.

les says …

i think that fiona apple's voice makes traditional songs "non-traditional" and she's one of my family's favorites...

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.

sw says …

I love the reggae song Happy Christmas. Not sure who it's by, but it's great :)

Betts Grant says …

I have a mac and I couldn't open the music.

MartiC says …

My favorite non-traditional Christmas song has to be Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses...it just makes me smile.

MICHELLE says …

I love that song Christmas Wrappings by The Waitresses.

Renee Macy says …

I just love jazzier or latin style Christmas music and get tired of the traditional music year after year. The more non-traditional and different, the more wonderful it is! I sometimes will play my own creative versions of some of the traditional Christmas tunes on a little hand-carved wood flute that I have!

J Lampar says …

What a cool question. Thanks to all who posted songs, artists and links, I can't wait to check them out. Our favorite nontraditional holiday music is Native American Flute music. The Songs of Winter album by Jeff Ball is a lovely blend of traditional American Indian Flute and holiday favorites.

DebbyAnn says …

I love the new age arrangements of winter songs by Enya, they transform me into a peaceful state of being, especially after a hectic day.

roberta says …

I love Mary's Boy Child by Boney M

Ana says …

Mariah Carey-”All I Want for Christmas is You”

Tina says …

I moved here 3 years ago from Germany, so all German Christmas songs are my real favorites because they bring back all the childhood memories of celebrating christmas with my parents, grandparents and brother.

Lydia says …

Chanukah songs! How non-traditional is that? =) But I still like listening to Christmas music, it puts me in a good mood for the holiday season.

June says …

My favorite is "O Tannenbaum" sung in German. It reminds me of my childhood.

Gerry says …

I shop at Whole Foods all the time. It would be nice to win this cd for the upcoming holiday season!!

Joann says …

Hi! I used a sample CD of Putumayo that was available in WholeFoods for my Pilates class and they loved it!!

robin says …

I LOVE James Brown's collection of Christmas music! God bless the hardest working man in show business (belatedly, of course).

Sabrina M. says …

I love both world and Christmas music, so it is really great to find new combinations of the two! One of my favorites off the top of my head is steel drum Christmas music! It reminds me of the year I spent Christmas in Hawaii, my first time visiting that state. The novelty tune "Mele kalikimaka" has since held a special, sentimental value to me. I also enjoy the "Christmas in Bossa" collection I found a couple years ago--- various American Christmas songs (including Wham's "Last Christmas") done in Bossa Nova style. Wonderful for a holiday cocktail party, or whwen you just want a nice, relaxing change of pace from the pop music on the radio :)

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