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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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Suzette says …

Do not ask me why, but my husband and kids love the barking dogs singing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xam01uaj6Vg

Debby Stock Kiefer says …

I absolutely love my CDs "Reggae Christmas," "A Motown Christmas" and Tish Hinojosa's "From Texas on a Christmas Night." I love the Putumayo CDs I have, but none are for the holidays.

Nancy says …

My most dear Christmas carole is Stille Nacht. I heard the Vienna Choir Boys sing it in Salt Lake City and it spoke to my heart. Seasons Greetings to all!

Iris says …

This Winter's Night by Mother Tongue. Great pagan and Winter Solstice tunes! Happy Holidays to you all!

Barbara says …

My favorite Christmas song from another part of the world is "Dormi Dormi O Bel Bambin,which translates to Sleep o Sleep my lovely child. My mother being married to an Italian would place a record player outside the window for all of Boston to hear. For years after my mother died passerby's would mention the song that they had heard for years prior,while they were passing the building. Happy Holiday's

Barbara Bibel says …

I celebrate Hanukkah and enjoy music for taht holiday.

Rebecca says …

My children love Putumayo music! (mom and dad too!) We have several putumayo world cd's....both for the kids and ourselves) and our public library has a few which we check out now and then! Would love to have the World Christmas Party cd....can't wait to hear it!

Jen says …

For some reason, I love to listen to Apocolyptica's Hall of the Mountain King during the holiday season. I have the Charlie Brown soundtrack for the taditional stuff!

Tracee says …

My favorite Christmas sound is the whack whack of sticks knocking down the pinata! It is especially fun to watch my 100 year old (yeah, 100) grandma attacking the pinata. Since we are all adults, the pinata gets stuffed with things like socks, gift cards, t-shirts, etc. instead of just candy. Watching my MOM push my sister aside for a pen was one of the funniest moments I can remember.

Heather says …

It's just not Christmas in our home without the following non-traditional songs: "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses "Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" by Billy Squire "Hey Santa" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (actually, that entire album is great energetic Xmas fare) "Let It Snow" by Leon Redbone "Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer" by The Smithereens and finally "2000 Miles" by The Pretenders We also always have John Denver & the Muppets "A Christmas Together" playing while we're opening presents.

Peggy says …

We have a blended family from different parts of the globe. A World Music Christmas treat would be fun!

Holley says …

River as performed by Sarah McLachlan. Happy Holidays!!!

Missy says …

My family and I love Putumayo music (and of course Whole Foods!). My favorite 'nontraditional' Christmas music..well, some of my children's character Christmas music, or a favorite folk singer's newest release could definitely qualify! ;)

Tracy says …

My favorite non-traditional Christmas song is Natalie Merchant's "Children Go Where I Send Thee"- traditional song with a non-traditional twist.

BEKA says …

HardRock, Coco and Joe is my favorite!

Diane Manning says …

I have loved these CD's for years because of their diversity and the year we lived in S. Africa for Newsweek we gave them to our friends for Father Christmas to deliver! They were a great hit and I have 2 myself! Would love to win the group to share with others! thank you for making them available! diane manning love your stores! please put on in Newburyport, Ma

Robin says …

Aguinaldo!

Robin B says …

Traditional (and non-traditional) sounds are different for everybody. I enjoy the sound of steel drum Christmas carols, having grown up in the Bahamas.

jen says …

I love Grandma got run over by a Reindeer, All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Hippopotomus Song.These all bring up fun times with my family as a kid and now my kids like to enjoy them. Of course I love What Child is This?, Winter Wonderland, Silent Night, Mary's Boy Child. Would love to win.

tricia grame says …

One year while visiting New Orleans I bought a CD titled "Christmas in in New Orleans, R&B, Jazz, & Gospel". I had never heard many of the songs before, and if I had the arrangements were completely new to me. It's still one of my favorites.

Priscilla says …

The most memorable non-English song I grew up listening to was: "O Tannenbaum" sung in German

susan schlesinger says …

The Roches "We Three Kings" has long been a family holiday favorite. Their version of "Winter Wonderland", Brooklyn accents and beautiful harmonies, is spectacular!

Julia M. says …

I once bought a Peruvian Christmas CD from some indigenous men in full ceremonial garb, playing their pan pipes in Harvard Square. The CD is full of traditional holiday music, played on pan pipes. My friends all think I'm crazy, but as an anthropology student, this CD is right up my alley!

Kathleen says …

Feliz Navidad is tonnes of fun... but "Old Toy Trains" always pops in my head when I sing to my kids.

chris behr says …

Really care only for traditional carols and dont like them fancied up just simple. However, Carol of the Bells in any language is great listening.

Laura Jones says …

HUMM....>I thought non traditional sounds meant sounds NOT normally associated with Christmas -as in not Christmas music or sleigh bells. But things like your Dad yelling to "shut the door" cause the heat is gong out of the house.-associated with Christmas because the kids are pit pf school and going in and out...but i guess it just means music cause everyone else put music..Problem is all the music I associate with Christmas is traditional! I guess "Do they know it's Christmastime" sticks out since it was popular when I was in high school!

Melanie Blucas says …

I loved to hear music that I'm not familiar with; it would be a great way to celebrate the holidays.

Susan Larson says …

I really love all of the Mannheim Steamroller christmas CD's. I also enjoy Enya and Lorena MeKennet. The new Glee Christmas CD is really great! It is unique.

Pam says …

I' doing my first Christmas dinner anything would help!

Kathryn says …

My favorite non traditional Christmas Song is Leon Redbone's 'Blue Christmas" and "Christmas Island." Our family sings along and dreams of warm weather. Happy Holidays to all :)

Chris says …

Carol of the Bells, hands down! I am of Ukrainian descent and this speaks to many Christmases when the carol was sung at midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Heather says …

I have to say Latkes frying in the pan for Hanukkah are probably my most favorite non-traditional sound of Christmas.

Gale says …

What about the other holidays that are celebrated at this time of year? Why a World "Christmas" Party? Why not celebrate the season and acknowledge everyone's beliefs? Why not a World "Holiday" Party?

Aurora says …

Christmas time we usually have time off from work and the weather keeps us inside, so that is when we take time to pull out music we don't normally listen to and introduce our 7 yr old daughter to it. Usually there is some classical, and then music from around the world. We choose from my husbands record collection of over 7,000 albums. We all love it.

Aileen Rohwer says …

"Ya llegan los Reyes" is a traditional Puerto Rican song that is used on the night the Three Kings arrived after the birth of the Baby Jesus. It is typically celebrated in early January. The children lay out their shoes filled with grass for the camels and await small little presents from the Three Kings. Families play this song the night of their arrival sometimes all night long out in the streets with guitars and drums. It is very festive and exciting.

Ar says …

Don't have a favorite song, enjoy them all!

Colleen says …

My favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas are teh "Very Special Christmas" albums, the complilations that benifit the Special Olypics. The tradional and some non-traditional Christmas songs are performed by by popular rock and hip hop artists. My personal favorite in #3 which came out in 1997. It features such artist as Sting, Smashing Pumpkins, Rev. Run and friends,Sheryl Crowe,Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith and the list goes on. The best track, in my opinion, is Chris Cornell singing "Ave Maria"...truely amazing. My all time favorite non-traditional Christmas songs are John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time". Growing up, those were always the first Christmas songs I would hear of the season.

Pamela says …

My favorite song is Rocking around the Christmas Tree. I love it and it takes a new spin on being traditionl songs. And Run Run Rudolph, I sang them to my sons when they were little and they know them by heart so it makes it fun when we are putting the tree up and when we wrap gifts.

Terry McNeely says …

I would love to have these cd's for my holidays!

John Z says …

Dominic the Donkey

Colleen says …

Forgot to mention...Bela Fleck and the Flecktones "Jingle all the Way". Love anything they do, pure genius! Nice twist on the tradioanls. Also, I can never get enough of my "A Rock n Roll Christmas" album. I looked for years trying to find an album with Billy Squier's "Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You" that I heard several times on the radio growing up and it's on that. Other artists include Elton John, the Kinks, Chuck Berry, James Brown, ELP, Moody Blues among other. Very fun album!

Jennifer Woodmansee says …

I love traditional celtic christmas music. There are so many choices that I couldn't even begin to pick just one thing. The alt. country genre also has many great interpretations of christmas classics; Allison Krauss, to name just one. It's always a joy to discover something new, and this holiday collection is certainly going to go a long way to foster someones journey!

Sharon willis says …

Merry Christmas to all!

Rachel Deering says …

Hawaiian Christmas Music - Love it!!

heidi says …

I love Christmas time and my favorite Song is O'holy night done by Celtic woman/Chloe Agnew. If your ever feeling down or stressed these women have voices that go deep and fill you with magic.

Elisha Darville says …

My favorite Christmas song is Gaudete which was performed by Steeleye Span.

Denise McCartin says …

My favorite Christmas song is John Spence's version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Love it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk5ufApUArQ

Jeff Kamin says …

My favorite non-traditional sounds of Christmas are from "When My Heart finds Christmas" by Harry Connick Jr. His music resonates and gets you in good spirits, regardless of the day you had or the stress that you are feeling.

kate says …

love new cultures

Kathleen Podemski says …

I love the Christmas sounds from the Celtic Women CD..........just heard it on wttd.......fabulous. Would be grateful to win the CD of World Christmas songs .... Kathy

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