Thursday, January 3, 2013

Honorable mentions—Christmas children’s songs

Christmas melodies are a favorite when it comes to children’s songs. In past weeks, we covered some of the all-time traditional favorites that appear on everything from DVDs with baby music to CDs for adults. As one last hurrah for the holiday season, here are a few ditties that we think should, at the very least, get an honorable mention.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Who doesn’t love this song? Recorded in 1979 by Randy Brooks, this is one of the youngest holiday children’s songs when it comes to those that are considered traditional or classic. It’s lighthearted melody and comedic lyrics bring laughter to all those that hear it and sing along with it.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. It’s no surprise that this fun-filled song was first recorded by a child, Jimmy Boyd, who was 13 when it was performed in 1952. The song could only be sung properly by a child if you think about it—it tells the tale of a young boy who sees his mother kissing his Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Little does he know that “Santa” is actually his own father, dressed up to deliver his children’s gifts.

Here Comes Santa Claus. Originally performed by Gene Autry in 1946, this is another favorite that’s been included on Christmas compilation CDs, DVDs with baby music and even films. Autry also wrote the song, apparently inspired after appearing in a Christmas parade. The idea germinated after he kept hearing people say “Here comes Santa Claus” when the parade passed.

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