Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the family gatherings, the decorations, food, and the good cheer. My all-time favorite aspect of the holiday is the wonderful music that my family sings together every December.
There have been some wonderful offerings for children’s music over the years regarding Christmas. Here are my picks for the top 5 Christmas CDs and albums for children.
John Denver and the Muppets
Originally produced in the 1980s, John Denver sang with the Muppets on a television special which they turned into a fantastic album of Christmas favorites. The opening “Twelve Days of Christmas” is a rollick with all of the Muppets singing. The antics keep going with “Christmas is Coming” as Miss Piggy tries to sing a round. In the finale, she thinks they are singing about “piggy pudding” instead of “figgy pudding” on “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.
“Christmas in the Stars” also came out in the 1980s and you can still find the CD in stores. Some “Star Wars” characters sing including C-3PO, R2-D2, and even Chewbacca. The track “What Can You Get A Wookiee For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb)?” is absolutely hilarious. Many voices on here are robots that are tending to the North Pole mansion where Santa Claus lives.
“A Sesame Street Christmas”
Join Big Bird and the gang as they sing from a televised Christmas special. The funniest song on the album has got to be Oscar the Grouch’s rendition of “I Hate Christmas”. The Count singing “All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” is also a fitting song for the CD.
Three CDs have been made by the Holiday Children with songs being sung by kids. The song about wanting a hippopotamus for Christmas is the funniest song on there. The kids range in age from six to 12 and the songs sound professional and the voices are top notch. Two CDs revolve around Santa’s favorite songs for younger children and one CD has Christmas Classics.
“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas”
Burl Ives’ classic take was a part of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” when it aired on television. The folksy voice of Ives graces other kid favorites such as “Rudolph”, “Little Drummer Boy” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. It’s almost like grandpa is singing all of the best Christmas songs at the party when you hear Burl Ives singing the classics.