Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Carols for Children

What comes to mind when you think of Christmas music for children? "Jingle Bells", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" probably top the list, which is interesting. The first two are not about Christmas at all (just winter) and the third focuses on Santa Claus, not Jesus. Also, the second two songs have long verses that are difficult for children to learn.

Most children appreciate music that has a lively tempo, a definite rhythm, and repetition. There are many traditional Christmas carols that appeal to children and lend themselves to singing along. Here's a list to get you started:

Repetitive Chorus

  • We Three Kings 
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High 
  • O Come Let Us Adore Him (Adeste Fideles) 
  • Angels We Have Heard On High 
  • The First Noel 
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 

Easy to Learn

  • Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus 
  • The Little Drummer Boy 
  • Do You Hear What I Hear 
  • Joy To The World 
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain 

Christmas Lullabies

  • Silent Night 
  • Away in a Manger 
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem 

Be sure to include instruments, too. Bells are a great addition to "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and of course any percussion is welcome during "The Little Drummer Boy"! In addition to this list, Peter really likes "The Friendly Beasts". His favorite part is making the animal noise at the start of each verse. :-)

Anne really gets into drumming

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