despite my pleas for holding off on winter holiday music until after thanksgiving, we are diving in, full steam ahead. diana has started to practice her christmas piano selections, and we've been watching and singing along with the soundtrack of the muppet christmas carol for over a week now. tchaikovsky's nutcracker is also running, in its entirety, through our minds.
for the past couple of years we have assembled some of our favorite winter holiday musical selections into cds. i've listed below what we've enjoyed hearing and singing along to.
i saw three ships (instrumental) - lorie line and her pop chamber orchestra
christmas is coming - john denver and the muppets
it came upon a midnight clear - mercy me
little town - amy grant
christmastime is here - vince guaraldi trio
gloria - mercy me
coventry carol - the all-saints ensemble
for unto us a child is born - handel
the friendly beasts (instrumental) - lorie line and her pop chamber orchestra
white is in the winter night - enya
it feels like christmas - the muppet christmas carol
soul cake - sting
thankful heart - the muppet christmas carol
trains and winter rains - enya
o tannenbaum - vince guaraldi trio
have yourself a merry little christmas - john denver and the muppets
sleigh ride - amy ride
walking in a winter wonderland
the holly and the ivy
deck the halls - nat king cole
here we come a wassailing - king's singers
the twelve days of christmas - john denver and the muppets
i think that i'll need to add "walking in the air" from the snowman to that list. i sang it as part of the woodland chamber singers' holiday concert last year and really liked it. after hearing it performed by chloe agnew (celtic woman), i was mesmerized.
ander also likes "good king wenceslas" played by a brass band.
we're also very, very fond of the maccabeats' videos for hanukkah - "candlelight" and "miracle" were played over and over and over (and over) again at our house last year.
what music do you like to play for the winter holidays (including but not limited to: hanukkah, winter solstice, and christmas )? we love suggestions!