Christmas as a child was wonderful! I remember the magical feeling, the butterflies in the stomach, and the sheer joy that I felt starting in November and continuing through Christmas day. I loved the smell of Christmas cookies and cakes baking in the oven, the smell of a fresh Christmas tree, and the smell and warmth of the fireplace. I also loved starting on my Christmas list for Santa early so I would have it perfect and complete in time to mail it to the North Pole. Another highlight was helping decorate the tree. What kicked off the Holiday season in my opinion as a child was when I saw Christmas commercials on TV, and the radio stations began playing Christmas music. It was then that my excitement started building until the grand finale on Christmas Eve when I went to bed and waited for Santa to come.
I still enjoy these things today but it’s just not the same as it was when I was young. Somehow, it’s all been a little tarnished by life and its circumstances. Yes, it was much better when I was a child.
I would like to share with you ten of my favorite Christmas songs as a child and why.
1.)Jingle Bells– I liked this simple little song at the earliest age I remember which is around 5 or 6. This song is played often, so it gave you plenty of chances to learn the lyrics. It wasn’t hard and it was fun. This joyful little song was written in the late 19th century in New England by James Lord Pierpont.
2.) Over the River and through the Woods- to Grandmother’s house we go, remember this one? I like this one because it paints a picture in your mind. I visualized going over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house. It allows your imagination to be used, and evokes a feeling of adventure. According to Wikipedia, this song really started as a “Thanksgiving poem”, written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. I only remember singing it at Christmas.
3.)Here Comes Santa Clause– Here comes the butterflies! I was like any other child and my eyes lit up and a big smile came on my face just to think of Santa, much less singing here Comes Santa Clause. This is the song that really started the anticipation of Christmas Eve. Gene Autry recorded and released this song on Columbia Records in 1947. Many other artists have recorded this song since then, and it will always be a classic kid’s Christmas song.
4.) Santa Clause is coming to Town– Just like Here Comes Santa Clause; this one always brings a smile to a child’s face. I liked this and the Christmas TV classic that airs relating to the song. All kids know “You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry, you’d better be good, I’m telling you why; Santa Clause is coming to town. I guess parents were glad when this one came out. It’s a good tool for them to use to curb the bad behavior leading up to Christmas. All they had to do is play this song and I would straighten up.
5.) Frosty the Snow Man– All kids love the white fluff and wish for it so they can stay home from school and play outside and, you guessed it, build a Snowman! All kids love Frosty, and I was no different. I loved singing this song, and imagine it snowing and crossing my fingers it would snow at my house!
6.) All I want for Christmas– I thought this song was so, so, funny. I would sing this and try to mimic how it sounds to have no front tooth. This song provokes giggles, smiles, and all kinds of funny faces being made while singing it.
7.)Christmas don’t be late (The Chipmunk song) – Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have always been favorites of mine. Their cartoons and songs both are fun to watch and sing. I love singing this song in an attempted Chipmunk voice. The part about the “All I want is a Hoola Hoop” is my favorite phrase in the song, and of course “Christmas don’t be late”.
8.) Up onthe Housetop (HO! HO! HO!)- Up on the Housetop was written by Benjamin Hanby in 1860. It’s the story of a man Curtis Calhoun, a miserly old man, who wishes there was no Santa Clause, in other words he was a Scrooge. But when Christmas arrives, there is something on his roof and Mr. Calhoun doesn’t know if it is a cat burglar or Santa Clause. Again this song lit my imagination and that’s what appealed to me.
9.) Away in a Manger– This song was a favorite because as a child in a Christian home, I was told the story of Jesus’ birth at a very early age. This song, I believe, teaches a child how to feel compassion for others. This song will always be a favorite of mine.
10.) Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer- Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is a character created in a story and song by the same name. It was created by Robert L. May in 1939. Rudolph has become a figure of Christmas folklore. Every child loves Rudolph because he is cute and has a red nose that glows. They feel sorry for him because he gets kicked out of the reindeer games. Children love animals and songs about animals, plus it has a cartoon that goes with it which makes it more appealing.
I hope you enjoy your favorite songs this Christmas!
Thanks for reading.