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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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Patty McCabe says …

xmas music by izzy , singer from hawaii

Ellen says …

Christmas music in any language is wonderful!

karen price says …

I have this CD and LOVE IT! (Actually, I think I have the entire Putamayo collection). So good to hear music of other lands! Thank you!

John Wuenschel says …

Feliz Navidad is also my favorite.

virginia vanderbilt says …

we took our first cruise to north america and truly enjoyed the raggae music and our favorite sound was Happy Christmas which was played through out the cruise. We brought home many things many hand made dolls with bells .

sue says …

there is a Cincinnati musical group that was around in the 80's--Ekimi. They have a fabulous Christmas cassette tape. I listen every year.

Mary Whited says …

It would be great to Win I could play it at Christmas and beyond.

Carlos says …

Without doubt, "Jingle Bells" by Duke Ellington, the classic

April B says …

The Pretenders "2,000 Miles" is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I think it's pretty non-traditional. Also, I like "Xmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses. It's my favorite anti-Christmas song, but it has a happy ending.

Vivi says …

My favorite xmas music is the ones interpreted by italian singer Andrea Boccelli!

Nadia says …

My favorite song is "Ay, Ay, Ay, It's Christmas" by Ricky Martin

Gustavo says …

I love Voz Veis' album "Como se llega a Belen"!

Aaron says …

In my opinion, Pavarotti has and always will have the best Christmas music!

Laura says …

Il Divo's performances are always stunning, and ever since I discovered they have done Christmas music my Christmases have been a lot more musically inclined!

Madeleine Kagy says …

I like Christmas songs by Toby Mac! Would love to win your cd!

Arminda Milligan says …

I love hearing my 6- and 9-yr-old boys get all excited about their advent calendar and surprises this holiday season! As for music, I grew up in Guam and remember "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" sung in the Chamorro local language. I never learned the language but the song was always so pretty and Christmas-y!

Diane Campbell says …

Love the music.

Diane Campbell says …

I love all your albums and know I will love the Christmas music.

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