Monday, December 10, 2012

Top Holiday Children’s Songs

The holiday season is in full effect—the stores are packed and Christmas lights, evergreen trees and sparkly ornaments are ubiquitous. Whether you’re a child or full-grown adult, we all seem to get as excited as a kid this time of year, and that’s why we find ourselves singing or at least humming along with all the Christmas melodies that flood the airwaves, whether they’re old times classics, rock remakes or children’s songs. Since we all know the benefits of letting your infants and toddlers listen to baby music, we thought we’d find the most popular songs to help foster academic learning while getting both children and parents in the holiday spirit.

The top holiday children’s songs are as follows:

1. Jingle Bells. Written in 1857, this is probably the oldest of all holiday songs. Not just for kids, this is more of an ode to winter. Its repetitive chorus helps children to build their language and memory skills, which is why it is often featured or used in musical baby toys.

2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. A quintessential favorite among children of all ages, this upbeat, catchy tune originated as a short story written by Robert L. May. It was recorded in 1949 by Gene Autry and is still celebrated for its strong message. It was also turned into an extremely popular animated cartoon that is shown to this day.

3. Frosty the Snowman. This is another super popular song that was also recorded by Gene Autry, turned into a cartoon and is often featured among musical baby toys, from replicas of singing Frosty to copies of his magical hat. The original recording took place in 1950, and still brings fun and laughter to modern day children.

4. Little Drummer Boy. While this is not necessarily considered baby music, the tune is one that easily lulls infants and toddlers to sleep. It’s an all-time favorite that is often sung by children in school, choirs and holiday programs. The rhyming elements are very beneficial to the development of language skills and phonemic learning. Written by Katherine K. Davis in 1957, this song about a little drummer boy who has only his song to give to the newborn Jesus Christ has been recorded too many times to count, by everyone from country, pop and rock singers to full blown church choirs.

 image credit:

No comments:

Post a Comment