Do you have a bunch of favorite holiday cds that you pull out each December? Or a favorite radio station that plays Christmas music (I personally can’t stand pop music settings of Christmas favorites, but to each his own)? I realized this year that I didn’t have any great Christmas music for the kids. Why it took me 10 years to realize this, I do not know. Don’t get me wrong, I think they should be exposed to the Messiah, Bing Crosby, and all of my favorites. But there are some artists that are particularly appealing for kids, so why not? Just as I had been thinking about this, someone in one of the many blogs and periodicals I read (can’t really remember which one) mentioned Raffi’s Christmas album — a Raffi Christmas album? Hot dog!
I’m sure this sounds totally nerdy, but I really like Raffi. He is clever and folky, and his music doesn’t make me want to shove a sharp object in my ear like some kids’ music does. His Christmas album is years old, but I tell you, it holds up. We’re enjoying it thoroughly — in fact a little fight broke out when the faction that was running an errand with Dad wanted to take the cd in the car, while the group that was staying home wanted it playing here. Holiday cheer all around.
Now that I’ve shared my little recommendation, please let me know if there’s a must-have Christmas album, kids’ or otherwise, that I might need to purchase. The music collection improves a little every year.