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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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Linda K says …

I love Feliz Navidad also. We used to sing it in my high school Spanish class each year for our Christmas party. Fun times.

Vinni says …

My vote is for the island reggae version of Happy Christmas; makes me feel like I'm in the warm tropics even when it's 20 degrees outside!

Shelley Pearl says …

I love latin style Christmas music!

Robert Gerami says …

The holidays songs can lift your spirit. I especially enjoy Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong collection.

Heide Hlawaty says …

Ah, nothing says Christmas until you hear C-3PO sing Jingle Bells in a Star Wars Christmas CD!

Bronwyn says …

My favorite sound at Christmas has to be bells ringing! My family had a leather strap of heavy bells that always hung on our front door, all year long. One Christmas, my father rigged a fishing line from upstairs to the bells and rang them from his room while playing a tape of "Santa" saying "ho, ho, ho!". One of my favorite memories and I think of him every holiday when I hear bells!

Colleen says …

I love the Beach Boys Christmas album, it reminds me of my childhood and dancing around to "That's not really Santa"

Denise McCartin says …

Someone elses comment reminded me of another favorite. "oy to the World" by the Klezmonauts. Awesome! http://www.oytotheworld.com/samples.html

Laura says …

I love the Waverly Consort Christmas album. It's madrigals from the Renaissance.

Rebecca says …

I love non-traditional Christmas music.

Patty Buskuehl says …

My daughter and I listen to Acorn Music-First Harvest, which includes Irish and Appalachian folk tunes, Southwestern melodies, footstomping American fiddle music, waltzes (I love waltzes!), dulcimer tunes...music that feels good! and George Winston-December makes me feel cozy-warm and holiday spirited!

valerie carlton says …

Some years back around Christmas, my mother and I were driving in her car. On comes a song on the radio...'I want a hypopotamus for Christmas'. We laughed and laughed, it was so darling. In the days to come, my mother would start singing that song. It brought an immidiate chuckle and smile to us as we prepared Christmas pies and dishes for our family. It's a beautiful memory. Thank you Whole Foods, for this kind giveaway. Wishing a peaceful and scrumptious holiday to all.

kasey says …

this cd sounds amazing, just what we need for the holidays! Didn't really see a link to win it, but would love too!

Alma says …

Our favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas is the Spanish Carol (Villancico) "Con Mi Burrito Sabanero" (With my Grasslands Donkey). It's a about a little boy riding his little burro (dunkey) to Bethlehem, singing and playing his cantrico all the way. Translation of the original Spanish song is below: I am riding to Bethlehem on my grasslands donkey. If you see me, I’m going to Bethlehem. I sing with my cantrico as my donkey trots. Hurry up, my little donkey, we’re almost there. Hurry up, my little donkey, we’re going to see Jesus. Spanish Lyrics: Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de Belén con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de Belén Si me ven, si me ven voy camino de Belén si me ven, si me ven voy camino de Belén. Con mi cuatrico voy cantando mi burrito va trotando con mi cuatrico voy cantando mi burrito va trotando Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui Tuqui tuqui tuquitá apurate mi burrito que ya vamos a llegar Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui tuquitú apurate mi burrito vamos a ver a Jesús Many Spanish artists have sign this wonderful "villancico" either on traditional, salsa, merengue, and many other genders. Thanks, Alma

Michelle Estadt says …

I love all kinds of music and Christmas music so to hear other sounds of Christmas music from other countries would be delightful.

Dawn Lucas says …

I would love to have your Christmas CD to enjoy with my grandsons.

Patty says …

I wish Christmas music was played all year round!

Edith Helmich says …

We have a selection of Christmas songs by ... Elvis Presley! They're wonderful -- and a reflection of American generational culture!

Rosario Arnold says …

My favorite Christmas CD is called 18 Strings For Christmas recorded and performed by my husband Rich Arnold. It's a guitar jazz version of all my favorite holiday songs...I love it! He recorded this CD right after his kidney transplant in December 2005.

Peggy says …

Reggae!

Jennifer Weeden says …

I love Cajun and Zydeco holiday music! You can't hear it without wanting to dance and celebrate.

Viviane says …

The Brazilian version of Silent Night in Bossa Nova style.

Pamela Macker says …

Music and voices that express joy, reverence and gratitude? It would be a treat to listen to music of the heart from around the world. As long as there is music, there is hope. I imagine the Putumayo Christmas collection to be the voice of hope from around the world. I haven't found my favorite non-traditional sound of Christmas, but perhaps it will be in this collection.

Sarah M. says …

I love Classical music during the holidays :)

Michele says …

One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my 2 daughters and my niece standing on the fireplace hearth singing and dancing to Feliz Navidad; and we live in Louisiana! They were the cutest!

Myra says …

I had a wonderful time in Quetzal, Guatamala one Christmas and the music was great. I can't think of any song in particular but very distinct and traditional.

Kerri Cottle says …

I really like Otmar Libert's Spanish guitar music.

Beth Burright says …

My favorite non-traditional Christmas sounds are the songs from "The Sound of Music". As a little girl, I grew up without a T.V. in our house, so going to Grandma's house at Christmastime and watching T.V. was a huge treat! "The Sound of Music" was always shown Christmas Eve, and I was a rather older adult when I finally realized that it is not, in fact, a Christmas movie! Still, the songs remind me of Christmas whenever I hear them!

Richard Gilberti says …

My favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas are the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller. Most of their works are upbeat, festive, with a little traditional tossed in. I always smile and tap my feet when the music starts. I always think happy times when I hear their sound of Christmas.

Tara Glasebrook says …

I like the Andean highland sounds of Manta music http://www.andesmanta.com/

shareen says …

I can't get over tchaikovsky during the Holidays--but I guess that's pretty traditional

Sue says …

We were a multi-cultural family long before it became a popular thing to be! We'd love to have a Christmas album that's eclectic - fitting all members of the family! Thanks!

Laurel says …

I love pan-flute Christmas tunes, like you hear played in public and can buy their CDs right there. It produces a bitter-sweet sound, which is the way I sometimes feel during the Christmas season.

Susan Gia says …

jingle jazz

kristen says …

"Simple gifts" is an old quaker song that reminds us of the value of gifts you can't put in shiny packages. We have Yo Yo Ma with Alison Krauss on our Christmas playlist.

Bridget Peksa says …

Hearing my husband's footsteps on our roof, putting up Christmas lights!

Jonathan says …

The Carols of Christmas: A Windham Hill Collection

Leanna Stoufer says …

I always have a craving to hear some zydeco around this time of year--it brings feelings of being amongst friends and having fun. I also like drumming tracks--they get my blood moving!

LiLo says …

My favorite xmas time song is Feed The World by Band Aid w/ all the professional artists gathering for the cause! Would love to win this Putumayo Christmas Collection to add to my favs and play at my annual xmas cookie baking party w/ my sisters, niece and nephews since our theme is cookies from around the world!!

E. Choi says …

La Bamba, because for some reason my nephew's class has sung this at their Xmas concert for the past three years.

Kimberly Gearhart says …

It sounds good and I can't wait to play the cd's on or around the holidays. A great gift!

Naomi Moran says …

I love all of your Putumayo collection so I'm very excited about this Christmas collection and would love to win; when I was in middle school we always sang " I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" in French - le noel blance - "oh quand j'entend chanter Noel- meme arrevoir les jours d'antand" it was really beautiful and I'd recommend that. (This is my botched up French memory of the words) Best of luck with your ongoing musical adventures, Naomi

Ann V. Jennings says …

My Christmas music favorites are Madrigals.

Balbina says …

My favorite Christmas song is Little Drummer Boy. You can really have fun with the drum solo. Feliz Navidad!

Stephanie Torres says …

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! The Lonely Bull. Great to listen to while making tamales.

sherry says …

I like Sarah McLachlan's cover of Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Brett Dennen's The Holidays are Here & We're Still at War. ~peace on Earth~

Lisa M says …

My favorite non-traditional music at this time of year is Enya. Her voice is peaceful + soothing and goes great with your cup of eggnog. Cheers!

Kim Hutchinson says …

The Jackson 5's "Santa Clause is coming to Town" is a classic!

Sue Stauffer says …

I love 'Silver Bells' or 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. I also love to hear hand bell choirs play or children sing 'Away in a Manger'

Mary says …

I love "Hapa Holidays". Hapa is a Hawaiian group. Some of the songs are in native Polynesian language and some are in English but still have native instruments in the background. Another favorite is the Andean Christmas cd. The woooden flutes are beautiful. I heard this group perform at a local mall one Christmas. The instruments were beautiful echoing off the brick walls.

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