Favorite Christmas Songs for Kids
By Jeremy White
What do kids love most about Christmas? The gifts, of course! When Santa and the elves dream big, children explode with delight. But the holiday season is about more than gift giving, and kids celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways. Chief among them are Christmas carols. There's no better way for kids to spread a little Yuletide cheer than singing "Joy to the World" at the top of their lungs. Thankfully for those of us who see the magic of the Yuletide season most clearly through the eyes of children, there are plenty of great kids carols to go around. Here, we'd like to present you with the 10 kids Christmas songs we think are the best of the best, in no particular order:
Joy to the World - Okay, we have to start with this one because we've already made a fuss over it. This song reminds us what Christmas is all about.
Frosty the Snowman - What kid doesn't love to sing this song? There's no beating a white Christmas, and building a snowman with mom and dad is as fun as it gets.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Without question the most popular and endearing children's Christmas carol of all-time.
Jingle Bells - "Dashing through the snow ..." Can you finish the next line? Of course you can, all the way to the chorus! And your kids can, too. This song is as catchy as they come.
Here Comes Santa Claus - This song is filled with anticipation and promise. Kids go to bed on Christmas Eve with its words in their heads ... "'cause Santa Claus comes tonight!"
Here We Come A-Caroling - Festive and upbeat, this is indeed the quintessential caroling song. It even wishes a happy new year. What more could you want?
Up on the Housetop - Another song about Santa. Could the picture get any clearer? Santa's impending arrival is definitely worth singing about!
The 12 Days of Christmas - Thought we might forget this one, didn't you? Not a chance.
Winter Wonderland - Christmas is magical no matter the weather. But let's face it, waking up to a Winter Wonderland on the big day certainly helps set the mood!
O Christmas Tree - Across America, elementary
schools often celebrate the season before the holiday break with caroling or choirs. This song is on the set list almost without fail. It pays homage to the very tree we meticulously decorate each December, the tree under which Santa leaves gifts for the kids who have been good. The Christmas Tree is an integral part of our tradition. How can we not sing about it?
So there you have it, the 10 best kids Christmas songs ever written. How'd we do? We're sure we left off a few, but there are just too many great songs not to.
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