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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!
12/01/2010 6:05:12 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:07:07 PM CST
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".
12/01/2010 6:07:11 PM CST
Jim Feezor says ...
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12/01/2010 6:08:41 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:13:52 PM CST
Allyx says ...
We listen to big bands from the 40s.
12/01/2010 6:14:11 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:16:27 PM CST
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!
12/01/2010 6:20:18 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:20:30 PM CST
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!
12/01/2010 6:21:02 PM CST
Lynn says ...
I love the sound of children singing holiday songs. Any songs with kids and I'm sold!
12/01/2010 6:23:56 PM CST
Kelly Hennessy says ...
The sound of crackling fire from the fireplace.
12/01/2010 6:31:25 PM CST
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!
12/01/2010 6:31:25 PM CST
Christine says ...
Feliz Navidad always makes me want to sing along!
12/01/2010 6:37:19 PM CST
heather says ...
Mele Kalikimaka & Feliz Navidad
12/01/2010 6:38:40 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:39:42 PM CST
John Nesbitt says ...
Once, when I was little, I really believe that I heard hooves on the roof!
12/01/2010 6:42:02 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:46:25 PM CST
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!
12/01/2010 6:47:31 PM CST
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
12/01/2010 6:48:08 PM CST
Stacey says ...
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire are two of my favorite songs.
12/01/2010 6:50:42 PM CST
Eddy Robey says ...
My favortite is the Dreidl Song
12/01/2010 6:52:52 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:53:53 PM CST
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.
12/01/2010 6:56:19 PM CST
Charlotte says ...
I love the "Carol of the Bells."
12/01/2010 7:01:11 PM CST

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