We might try and kid ourselves but the best Christmases happen when you’re growing up. So here’s some songs to make the smallies in your life even happier over the holidays! And if they’re happy so will you be.
Spike Jones – All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)
Aled Jones – Walking in the Air
Burl Ives – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Bing Crosby – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Sesame Street – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bradley Gillis – Santa Claus is Rockin’
Madonna – Dear Jessie
Sufjan Stevens- Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!
Gene Autry – Here Comes Santa Claus
Bing Crosby – Frosty The Snowman
Vince Guaraldi Trio – O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus – We All Stand Together
John Denver and the Muppets – The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Gayla Peevey – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Our collection of kids Christmas songs should have their little ears all aglow but there is plenty for all the family to enjoy too. Most of these sprightly festive numbers have a pep in their step and a twinkle in their eye. How else could you explain Gayla Peevey’s request for one of the world’s biggest mammals to appear under the Christmas tree? I mean the backyard is barely suitable for the neighbourhood cat, not to mention a hippopotamus!
Elsewhere there are cowboys singing about Santa Claus (and you don’t get more genuine cowboys than Gene Autry), Welsh choirboys recounting the story of the flying snowman (Aled Jones and his unforgettable Christmas carol) and the much loved country singer John Denver with a big sleigh full of Jim Henson’s finest creations on their chaotic version of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Henson’s characters appear elsewhere on this playlist too as the furry cast of Sesame Street breath new puppetry into ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.
With our collection of children’s Christmas songs mostly going along expected lines we decided to throw in a few curveballs in the shape of a song each from Paul McCartney and Madonna. Madge’s effort is ‘Dear Jessie’, which while not strictly about the season was released in the run-up to Christmas 1989. The song’s video is a kiddie’s delight, as is the sense of wonder throughout with Madonna throwing herself wholeheartedly into proceedings. ‘We All Stand Together’ came out 5 years earlier in 1984, in the same week that Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was released, and is another ode to childhood with a gorgeous singalong froggy chorus that deserves an airing each December.