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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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Rebecca says …

I have a few Christmas songs from Chile artists. I got them last year from a Chilean friend and I absolutly adore them!

Meghan says …

I love the CD "A Rock and Roll Christmas". Since I was a child my dad would always play that CD during the holidays. I love "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses.

Robyn says …

I love all non-traditional holiday music. It is always nice to mix it up a little. Always fun to hear the classics done by newer artists.

Tami S says …

I love "My Christmas Prayer" CD by BeBe & CeCe Winans. They do an excellent version of "My Sweet Lord" on this CD. It gives me chills, it's so beautiful. This entire CD is great and has a mixture of artists on it like Rob Thomas as well.

JULIE CARDWELL says …

I REALLY ENJOYED MY CHILDHOOD SPANISH MUSIC.MY MOM IS FROM CENTRAL AMERICA. AND EVEN THOUGH I WAS BORN HERE IN THE USA I LOVE TO LISTEN AND REMEMBER THE YOUNGER YEARS.FUNNY THING IS AT AGE 41 I STILL DONT SPEAK SPANISH BUT STILL LOVE THE MUSIC. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!

Tere Gallina says …

I was born in Venezuela, and though gaitas will always have their place in my heart, I have to admit I have fallen in love with the voice of Ella Firtzgerald in her Christmas CD!

Gaby says …

I love-love-love traditional spanish villancicos, like: "el tamborilero"

samantha says …

I love to sit by the fire and listen to christmas music with a Jazz flair...makes my heart happy :o)

Ana M. says …

Hi, My favorite holiday music of all time is a typical latin american song called "mi burrito sabanero" every region often personalizes it by adding local elements. :)

gladys lundy says …

i ACTUALLY LOVE REGGAE AND MUSIC FROM AFRICA. TRADITIONALLY, ILOVE THE 'HARLEM BOYS CHOIR'.

Ivy Pittman says …

Favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas is Bossa Nova Jazz! Hands down!!!

Christopher Sorel says …

I am not jewish but I love the adam sandler hanukkah song

Glenda Marshall says …

Ah Christmas..........Magical and spiritually precious but for some of us a sad time so listening to other cultures traditional carols adds a welcome relief to the familiar "I'll be Home for Christmas" tunes. Helps open the heart and mind to other possibilites and brings that magical gift of Christmas right to where it's needed.

Angela Hom says …

Best sound experience around the holidays was a Christmas concert listening to hand bells performance held in a Frank Lloyd Wright church in Japan!!

Heather Spooner says …

My favorite Christmas album is A Celtic Christmas. Its the traditional Christmas songs but with Celtic instruments.

Joanne VerBurg says …

I thoroughly enjoy the album, "If on a Winter's Night" by Sting; as well as many of the French Carols, ie "Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant."

Kim says …

I love Luther Vandross - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

Sylvia says …

Merry Christmas!

Caroline says …

There are so many sounds of Christmas, traditional and non-traditional, but my favorite is the sound of the fire in the fireplace while my family and I enjoy each others company while listening to old German Christmas recordings on our old record player. I myself do not speak or understand a word in German, but my Oma sings along in her flawless German and it's beautiful to listen to - tugs at the heartstrings a little, especially when I can see that she's so content with the fact that she still has a little bit of her old country.

Minette says …

I love sitting in my mom's home in Estes Park, Colorado and hearing the wind whistle through the pine trees outside the window while I am snuggled up safe and warm in front of the fire. The sound of wind in the trees reminds me of the White Christmases we have enjoyed there.

Mary Lee says …

This is the one time of the year when we all go out of our way to show grace to one another. My favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas - the songs from non-western cultures.

Emi Pearce says …

Great music. Check out their website for more.

lara says …

Classic FM classical music CDs from the BBC

Susan K says …

We have some great CDs from Hawaiian slack key guitarists - what a relaxing sound it is! International music is always welcome at our house.

Risa says …

My husband is a video game designer and also loves writing music for games, and last year he found a cd called 8 Bit Christmas by Rush Coil; it's Christmas music played in all the tones of classic Nintendo or other classic games of our youth like Zelda, Metroid, Mario Bros. etc. I think my husband listened to it at least 20 times throughout December and January he loved it so much. It sure brought back memories to start playing it again this year. Happy Holidays!

Carissa says …

My class of 3-6 year olds has been listening to Eillen Ivers and her violin, playing Irish Christmas Songs. Between that and a Charlie Brown Christmas, we are getting into the holiday spirit!

deb mailhot says …

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I do not know of any Christmas Carol that I do not like. O tannebaum is a favorite along with Blue Christmas. Christmas is a universal time throughout the world. It brings everyone together, and the music helps.

Diane Mason says …

My favorite non-traditional sound of Christmas is the squeal of the brakes of delivery vehicles as they pull up to my home to deliver packages. I just absolutely love that. Second to that sound, I love Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".

Jim Feezor says …

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Marguerite says …

A jazz and blues Christmas music selection is standard for me. A nontraditional Christmas music selection in my home would include a selection of ethereal Irish-Celtic Christmas music... Enya et al.

Allyx says …

We listen to big bands from the 40s.

Usagi says …

Josh Groban's "O, Holy Night" is transcendent. I also love Enya's "And Winter Came..." and Loreena McKennitt's ethereal take on songs. A Windham Hill Christmas II is also a beautiful instrumental to put on to chill everybody out while you prepare the holiday feast.

Paula Aiello says …

We often listen to varied music around the holidays. Depending on what we want as a background for an activity, we might listen to meditative arrangements by John Michael Talbot, but if we are in a party mood, we may listen to Italian or Latin American music. During rituals, we use both Christian and Jewish music, traditional and otherwise!

Vanessa says …

I love Transiberian Orchestra. My brothers and I used to make up silly dance moves to it when we were younger so it brings back great memories.

JL Rushing says …

I love to hear reggae music during the holiday season. Growing up in Florida, it was a natural fit to have great reggae music, the sand, surf and Santa! Peace and love!

Lynn says …

I love the sound of children singing holiday songs. Any songs with kids and I'm sold!

Kelly Hennessy says …

The sound of crackling fire from the fireplace.

Nicky Miles says …

The holiday season is a joyous time for us. I am of Jamaican decent and my huband is African American. One of our son's is half Irish and Native American and we have a toddler. During the holidays we explore music that speaks to all of us as well as our diverse community. At dinner time you may hear Christmas classics by Nat King Cole and then the Batman theme song followed by Bob Marley. We downloaded music from Itunes to include the Polish wedding dance, and our youngest is particularly fond of African drum beats. It may not all be Christmas sounds but it is music which makes us think of those around us and appreciate the beauty of all people. Afrika by Angelique Kidjo tends to get us all up and festive!

Christine says …

Feliz Navidad always makes me want to sing along!

heather says …

Mele Kalikimaka & Feliz Navidad

Mary says …

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Grandma got run over by a reindeer. I think the song is hysterical but my Grandmother never saw the humor in it. Every time I hear it now, I think of the faces she made at us kids when we heard it playing.

John Nesbitt says …

Once, when I was little, I really believe that I heard hooves on the roof!

Lori Babler says …

Silver bells by Bing Crosby is my all-time favorite song to hear at Christmas, something about the lyrics just says happy times....children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile.....brings backs the more simple times.

Denise says …

My husband is from South Asia, so we tend to listen to cultural music while decorating the Christmas tree. Our attempt at melding the cultures for our children!

Deborah Adams says …

We "Wassail" from house to house for a whole day, singing, dancing and eating everything in sight at each host household. One favorite, is "Apple Tree Wassail" (since many of us are members of Apple Tree Morris Dance. Another is "Sebastopol Wassail" written by local friend, Jon Berger. Details below. beemp3.com/download.php?file...Apple+Tree+Wassail (recording by Shira Kammen) The Sebastopol Wassail By Jon Berger 1. Good people pray heed us, we are singers so fine, Your attention we beg and we crave. And if you will feed us some cider and wine, An abundance of pastime we’ll have, pastime we’ll have, An abundance of pastime we’ll have. 2. The first to come in is a tiller of land, He can rest from his labors for now. He makes the vines grow by the skill of his hand. May the Lord speed and prosper his plow, prosper his plow, May the Lord speed and prosper his plow. 3. The next to come in is a maker of wines, To bottle the best he’ll contrive. He crushed, he presses, he racks and he fines, And we hope that his vintages thrive, vintages thrive, And we hope that his vintages thrive. 4. The last to come in is a merchant so fat, With the good things in life he is blessed. With his fine woolen coat and his silken cravat He will take all and leave you the rest, leave you the rest, He will take all and leave you the rest. 5. A wassail we bring to your house and your yard And your trees and to all who live here! We hope you are blessed with a bountiful larder And a prosperous Happy New Year, Happy New Year, And a prosperous Happy New Year. Copyright © 2001 by Jonathan E. Berger Licensed for non-commercial use if accredited on any accompanying written materials

Stacey says …

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire are two of my favorite songs.

Eddy Robey says …

My favortite is the Dreidl Song

Connie F says …

Well since I was a teenager in the 60's and totally under the spell of Elvis Presley, my favorite album always was and still is Blue Christmas. I also always like and still do Brenda Lee's original version of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. All generations of my extended family also enjoy these.

Celeste Bowen says …

I like it when the regular Christmas songs are played upbeat& fast with a contemporary flair & with some different non-traditional instruments also used in the mix. Also Mannehiem steamroller.

Charlotte says …

I love the "Carol of the Bells."

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