Holiday music is steeped in tradition and is a fundamental part of people’s holiday spirit. The cheerful holiday tunes you hear at this time of the year are unlike any other because they exude love, hope, and joy. You can’t help but smile and sing along any time you hear songs such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” on the radio.
Children love listening to holiday music, so make sure you play some in the car and at home. You could even give your kids a radio for their bedroom, so they can fall asleep listening to it at night. It’s important for you to incorporate holiday music in your family’s holiday plans because holiday music is extremely engaging and provides many educational opportunities for children. Teaching children holiday songs, for example, is a great way to introduce new words and help children improve their memorization skills. Encouraging children to play holiday songs with musical instruments can also increase their creativity and help them develop a love for music. If children are younger, give them sleigh bells and jingle bells to ring and hold in their hands.
You can also research the history of holiday music and share any interesting facts you find with your children. TLC’s Christmas Song Trivia is a great place to start. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) also lists some interesting facts about holiday songs:
- “White Christmas” is the most recorded holiday song. It has over 500 versions in a variety of languages.
- “Sleigh Ride” was originally written as an instrumental piece. The Boston Pops Orchestra first performed it at Boston’s Symphony Hall in 1948, and it did not receive lyrics until Mitchell Parish added them in 1949.
- “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Winter Wonderland” were both written in 1934 and are two of the oldest popular holiday songs still being regularly played on the radio.
The ASCAP also releases a list of the top ten most-played holiday songs each holiday season. The top ten most-played songs in 2012 included the following:
- “Sleigh Ride” – Performed by Leroy Anderson
- “Winter Wonderland” – Performed by Eurythmics
- “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Performed by the Carpenters
- “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Performed by Bruce Springsteen
- “Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Performed by Whitney Houston
- “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Performed by Nat King Cole
- “Jingle Bell Rock” – Performed by Bobby Helms
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – Performed by Brenda Lee
- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Performed by Bing Crosby
Check back tomorrow for Day 5 of our 12 Days of Learning!