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12 Christmas Songs Your Kids Need to Know

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Christmas music—it’s something everyone loves (and if you don’t like Christmas music, then clearly you have a small heart and live at the top of Mount Crumpit), yet certain songs get redone so much that the music loses its special something. For me, if I hear one more rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” I might scream. Nothing against those classic, if not a little stuffy, holiday songs, but I enjoy them sparingly. And let’s just face it; most kids love the more upbeat songs that are far simpler for them to sing along to. So if your child loves to shake his or her booty and is all about Christmas, then I have some great songs for you to introduce them to.

1. “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”: If your child hasn’t heard this song, clearly you aren’t raising them right. This is a classic! It’s not Christmas without Rudolph.

2. “Jingle Bells”: There are several versions of this song, but I particularly love the Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters’ take on this classic.

3. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”: This song may make your child desperately want a hippo. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

4. “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”: The Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye’s version of this is my favorite.

5. “(The Toys Gave A Party For) Poppa Santa Claus”: The Andrew Sisters & Bing Crosby…are you seeing a pattern here?

6. “A Merry Christmas at Grandmother’s”: The Andrews Sisters is obviously where it’s at when it comes to Christmas music. Broaden your kids’ musical horizons.

7. “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”: And remind them that if they’re nice, he won’t be dropping a lump of coal in their stocking.

8. “Up On The House Top”: This is particularly fun to sing and do motions to.

9. “Frosty the Snowman”: But don’t get their hopes up when their own snowman refuses to come to life, no matter how many hats they put on him.

10. “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”: He really is awful…



11.“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”: You’ll probably want to rip your ears off, but your kids will love it. And it’s all about the kids, right?

12. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”: They may become more protective over Grandma after this. Maybe.

So pop in these songs and have a Christmas dance party! And if you are able to find a techno Christmas music CD, buy it. I know it sounds ridiculous, but your kids will dance till they drop. Trust me.

Riley McDaniel is an aspiring writer with a love for children, writing, music, and movies. She has her BFA degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and hopes to use her work to instill a love of reading and writing in others. Though she has a passion for writing, her passion for chocolate is almost just as strong.