Enjoy the Holidays with Our Favorite Christmas Carols List

When it comes to Christmas, nothing gets you in the holiday spirit more than hearing carols. Christmas songs have been around for centuries and they are still sung today. Below, we have some of our favorites from our Christmas carols list that you can sing on your own.

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells is a classic and childhood favorite of many. It’s an upbeat song that celebrates Christmas and the gifts that Santa brings. It’s a perfect song to get your children involved with and introduced to Christmas carols.

Silent Night

Silent Night was written in 1816 by Joseph Mohr. It’s a slow soft song that has been redone and covered time and time again. One thing that stands out about the song is that the words are sung very slowly. This makes it easy to sing, as you don’t have to keep up with the typical fast-paced lyrics. It’s an easy song to teach to your child as well.

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas is another classic from the 1800s. It takes us through each day of Christmas, 1 through 12, where their true love gives them a gift each time. The song works its way up from one, all the way up to 12 and repeats each time around. It’s another easy song for your children to pick up because of the repetition within it.

O Holy Night

Much like Silent Night, O Holy Night is a slow song that is great for caroling. The lyrics are a little more complex, making it a difficult song for children to pick up right away. It takes more practice, but once you memorize the lyrics, it’s easy to sing and get right.

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Road Trip Songs and Rhymes Video

No one likes long road trips, especially if they have children. As bad as it may seem, it is even worse for the children themselves. All they want to do is run around and play, but they are cooped up in a small car for hours. This can seem like torture for a young child with a ton of energy to burn.

A good way to combat this boredom is to sing road trip songs. These road trip songs and rhymes will provide them with hours of entertainment. It’s a great way to keep them in their seat and entertained through the whole trip.

Suitable for All Ages

Road trip songs are a fun and interactive experience that your toddler will have a ball with. They are great fun for any age range – From infants that are just starting to learn how to put sentences together, to your maturing little ones that need something to do to pass the time during their bus ride home each day. No matter where your child fits in here, there is a place for them to enjoy road trip songs.

These songs have a repetitive structure. This makes it easy for anyone, no matter what age they are, to pick up on the song and join in on the fun. It’s also why these songs are so catchy. They may be a little unpleasant to listen to, however, as long as you are participating in the singing of them, they can turn a boring car right into a lot of fun.

Watch the Song and Rhymes Video

Your children can also watch the song and rhymes video at home or on your mobile device to add to the fun time even further. By showing them a song and rhymes video, you can help them learn and understand the lyrics easier.

Once they get the hang of it, they can take it on the road and enjoy countless hours of singing along with their siblings, parents, and friends.

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Nursery Rhymes Are Back: Yankee Doodle Revisited

Remember when nursery rhymes were all young children would sing? Parents used to spend hours, either singing or reading, straight from a book.

Times have changed, that’s no news. All around us we see toddlers who have become more acquainted with the latest hip hop hits, or handle i-pads better than most of us.

Does this mean that we ought to dismiss nursery rhymes altogether? Not at all, there must be something in the good old-fashioned songs that we can still preserve and above all, profit from.

Why Nursery Rhymes?

Recent research suggests that there are numerous educational and developmental reasons why nursery rhymes should be made a part of a kid’s life. To begin with, let’s take a closer look at the genre. By definition, nursery rhymes are generally short poems and songs that have been around for centuries.

Despite some common beliefs, nursery rhymes are not only for toddlers or preschoolers. In fact, experience shows that kids of all ages can enjoy the learning value that stems from songs, such as “Mary had a Little Lamb” or “Yankee Doodle”.

Here are some of the reasons why children need nursery rhymes:

Great first stories alternatives: Have you ever tried reading aloud to a baby? If you have, you are well-acquainted with the outcomes. After all, infants are snatchers and grabbers who try to mouth everything.

On the other hand, if you try singing a rhyme with them, chances are that they will pay attention long enough for you to actually finish the song. Moreover, nursery rhymes give the baby a chance to do something else meanwhile.

Early exposure to Nursery Rhymes will develop love for literature

Even when all a child does is listen to a rhyme or watch a video; they are developing a sense for metric and story line that will remain with them for life. A good trick is to give the child the book with the nursery rhyme they are watching, and allow them to page through randomly. For babies, this works best by holding the child and paging yourself. Experts agree that these simple habits trigger a love for books that will later on develop more deeply.

Nursery Rhymes help to promote a Sense of Community

Because they have been around for centuries, most nursery rhymes carry a strong cultural value that is hard to match. Truth be told, rhymes are culturally bound and children in Japan will sing different rhymes from children in Germany.

In fact, some rhymes help to build a sense of cultural identity whilst promoting early nationalism and love for our country. The following Yankee Doodle video is a great example:

Nothing helps bonding best than a classroom full of children who are singing the same rhymes: a sense of belonging develops that helps to promote identity as well.

As we can see, thanks to technology, children are allowed to enjoy a threefold exposure to rhymes: have an older person read and sing to them, see the images and watch the video.