What are the Christmas songs you remember from your childhood? Frosty the Snowman? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Or perhaps Santa Claus is Coming to Town? Many of us grew up listening to those songs as the food cooked, the family gathered, and Santa crept into the house to leave gifts in our stockings.
A lot has changed in the world over the past few decades since these songs became popular hits. While many of us remember listening to these favorite Christmas carols on vinyl LPs, today’s kids listen to their tunes on iPods and through computer speakers. But some things haven’t changed that much; children all over the world still love those same tunes, and it’s likely that as they grow up, they’ll share these songs with the next generation of kids, too.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was (and is still) one of the most popular children’s Christmas songs. Kids still love hearing the tale of Rudolph saving Christmas by safely guiding Santa’s sleigh through the foggy night. That song is still much loved by children everywhere.
And how about the classic song about “Frosty the Snowman?” As kids, we could all imagine dancing in the streets with a talking snowman and following him down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop. It was more than just a song back – in our imaginations, Frosty the Snowman could be as real to us as we was to the kids in the song.
How many of us were good little boys and girls because we had been told “Santa Claus is Coming to Town?” We all knew we better watch out, we better not cry and we better not pout or Santa would would put us on his list – and it wouldn’t be the Nice List. How many parents have used that song to remind their kids to behave before the holidays? I imagine it still works just as well now as it did back then.
Another favorite childhood Christmas song is “Jingle Bells.” As kids, we used to listen to this song and shake the little jingle bells. You could almost see the horse-drawn sleigh, feel the cold air and imagine laughing all the way over the hills.
And who could forget the humorous Chipmunks song “Christmas Don’t Be Late”? This song has continued to be popular, but it has received extra attention since the new Chipmunks movies have become popular.
All of those classic Christmas songs we knew and loved as children played an important role in shaping our memories of this cherished holiday, and they’re continuing to shape the memories of today’s youth. So when Christmas rolls around, be sure to sing along with your kids or grandkids and share those precious holiday memories.