One of the best gifts you can give a child is a happy memory. Music often becomes a very important part of many memories. So, as you try to establish important traditions for the holidays with your child, also think of the type of music that you want your child to associate with the season. Pick songs that matter to you with messages that you feel are important. Also pick songs that may inspire your kid to get up on his feet and dance. Here are some songs to get you started on that playlist if you are wondering just which songs you want to play this Christmas.
“We Need a Little Christmas” is a really upbeat, fun little song that you may remember from the classic performance of it on the holiday episode of “Facts of Life.” If not, it needs little introduction. It lists all the fun things about Christmas and explains the urgency of it all, which young kids eager for the day to come will certainly understand. Try the version by Lee Greenwood.
“Winter Wonderland” is a beautiful song that is also accessible for kids of all ages. Many artists have covered this song so pick a singer to your liking. Artists who have recorded this ditty include the girl group Play, Peter Cetera, Randy Travis, Elvis Presley, Burl Ives, and Air Supply, among dozens of others. Talk about diversity. Pick your favorite.
“The 12 Days of Christmas” is a song that is really fun to teach to kids. It’s recommended for that fun aspect, as kids will feel a certain sense of accomplishment after learning what all the 12 gifts are. Several artists also have covered this one over the span of decades, but especially appealing versions for kids include the ones by Wee Sing, John Denver, and Andy Williams.