Christmas is one of the best times of the year, especially for young children. The best thing about this festive period is all the amazing things that come with it. That's right, from the traditions to the opening of presents and the movies, food, and family time. Yes, Christmas is certainly one of a kind.
With Christmas time comes music, with holiday songs making an appearance at the end of the year only to disappear again until the next. Christmas songs have a way of putting a smile on a person's face, and can instantly put you in the mood for the holidays. So, why not get your little ones in on the action? Here are 10 Christmas songs your kids will love.
10 All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
Children love a song that they can sing along with, especially one that can also make them laugh. "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" was first released in 1944 in New York.
The song was written by Donald Yetter Gardner, who at the time was teaching music at a New York public school. Gardner claimed the idea came from asking his second-grade class about holiday plans and noticing the kids' missing teeth. Gardner later said he wrote the song in just 30 minutes and was amazed at its popularity.
9 Jingle Bells
"Jingle Bells" is one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time and is sung in schools, workplaces, carol concerts and theatre productions all over the world. The song was originally written in 1857 and was said to have been first sung by a Sunday school choir. However, the song's origins are hotly disputed. Interestingly, the song was intended for Thanksgiving and actually had no connection to Christmas whatsoever. After a while, it seemed sensible to associate the jingling of bells with Christmas rather than Turkey Day.
8 Winter Wonderland
"Winter Wonderland" was first released in 1934 and immediately became a seasonal Christmas hit. The song has been covered a large number of times since its conception, with the likes of Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, The Eurythmics, Selena Gomez and even Radiohead taking on the song.
Bing Crosby's version is the likely to be most remembered, with Crosby somehow having a knack for covering Christmas songs and making them magical. The song is also popular with young kids, who love imagining themselves on a snowy landscape, building snowmen and sledding down snowy hills.
7 We Wish You A Merry Christmas
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is a popular Christmas carol from the United Kingdom and dates all the way back to the 1500s. The song sings about a time when poor carolers would sing on the cold streets of Britain hoping for a bit of change or small handouts.
These days, the carol is still going strong and is sung throughout schools and carol concerts all over the world. In fact, the song is usually used as a finale song, signaling the end of the carol and the wishing of a happy Christmas to all those who attended.
6 Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
"Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" is a great song for young children. It has repetitive lyrics and is a lot of fun. The character of Rudolph was created all the way back in 1939 and was swiftly adapted into a Christmas song.
The song quickly became famous, with singers all over the USA and Europe having a crack at it. However, the most famous has to be Gene Autry who reached number 1 in the USA in 1949. In fact, in 2018, nearly 70 years later, Autry's version entered the Billboard Hot 100 once again, this time peaking at number 27.
5 Frosty The Snowman
"Frosty the Snowman" is up there with being one of the most famous festive songs in the world and is a firm favorite among children in schools across the globe. The song was originally written by Walker "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson and first sung by classic Christmas crooner, Gene Autry. Over the years, the song has been covered by a number of artists, from Jimmy Durante to Nat King Cole. The song is great for children in that it tells the fictional story of Frosty, a snowman who is brought to life by a magical hat that a group of children happen on and place upon his head. Now that's magic.
4 All I Want For Christmas Is You
"All I want for Christmas is you" is often voted as one of the best Christmas songs of all time. It must be doing something right. The song was originally written by superstar, Maria Carey, who also sung and produced it. Although it was first released in 1994 the song is still exceptionally popular and has the power to turn any old Scrooge into a Christmas fanatic. As you would expect, the song has been covered a billion times, from the likes of Justin Bieber, My Chemical Romance, Kelly Clarkson, and Ariane Grande. Of course, Carey's original version will always be the best.
3 It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" is a great way to get your kids in the mood for Christmas, if they are aren't already. The song was first written in 1963 and wonderfully captures the essence of what Christmas is all about. However, the best thing about the song is the vocals, wonderfully sung by crooner, Andy Williams, who produced a whole album of Christmas hits. Yes, The Andy Williams Christmas Album has since become a tradition for most households, especially the United States, and signifies the beginning of the Christmas countdown.
2 It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" was originally written by Meredith Wilson in 1951. Over the years, the song has been covered a number of times, but it was Johnny Mathis who really put it into the limelight. Nowadays, the song is considered a Christmas classic and is sung all over the world. To make things even better, the song was featured in the classic Christmas hit, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a movie that is a firm favorite with youngsters. Therefore, it seems obvious to equate the two together and have your kids watch both Home Alone, thus giving them an opportunity to hear one of the best Christmas songs of all time.
1 The 12 Days Of Christmas
"The 12 days of Christmas" is one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time and a great way to get your kids singing as well as counting and remembering lyrics. The song first originated from England as a Christmas carol that counts the twelve days of Christmas, with each day representing a certain number of items and ending with a partridge in a pear tree. The lyrics often change with regards to which century and country the singer is singing from. However, the rhythm and tune of the song stay the same. The song is perfect for young children and classic at Christmas.