With the Yuletide season underway, it’s time to break out the dusty guitar, tune the piano or just hook up the iPod so the family can sing some Christmas favorites.
For those of you looking to brush up on your Christmas carol playlist, below are five of the best holiday tunes for family sing-alongs.
Let It Snow
For some, the weather might be frightful this year, but this is a delightful tune! Especially since Frank Sinatra is singing this version. For those who want to follow along, the lyrics can be found here. Frank Sinatra’s Christmas songs can be bought on iTunes here.
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa wouldn’t be set without Rudolph at the helm guiding the way with his bright red nose. After the kids watch the 1964 classic, make sure they know the words to the Christmas tune. The lyrics can be found here. Fun fact: the story of Rudolph was first penned in a 1939 poem by Robert L. May for the department store, Montgomery Ward. He had initially thought of naming the red-nosed reindeer “Rollo” or “Reginald” before deciding on Rudolph.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this holiday classic. Originally published under the title, "One Horse Open Sleigh" in 1857, the tune was meant to celebrate Thanksgiving. It became a Christmas classic after the spread of phonograph records and later on radio. Lyrics can be found here.
Deck The Halls
‘Tis the season to be jolly. So says this popular Christmas song. Originally from Wales, this Yuletide tune dates to the sixteenth century. First published under the title “Nos Galan,” which means New Year’s Eve in Welsh, the song has become synonymous with the holiday season. Get the lyrics here.
The country Christmas tune, made famous by Elvis, is now getting even more attention since a young Canadian recorded his rendition that bears an eerie resemblance to the King of Rock and Roll. First recorded by Doye O'Dell in 1948, the song was later made famous by Elvis after recording it for his 1957 LP "Elvis' Christmas Album." The lyrics can be found here.
Bonus: All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey released this holiday favorite in 1994 as part of her “Merry Christmas” album that is one of the bestselling Christmas albums of all time. The New Yorker even considered the song one of the “few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.” Lyrics can be found here.