What Christmas carols for kids do you remember from your childhood? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Santa Claus is Coming to Town? Frosty the Snowman? Many of us grew up listening to these wonderful Christmas songs food kids as the holiday approached.
The world has changed a lot since these songs were written and first became popular. Many of us may have enjoyed listening to these carols on vinyl LPs, while today’s kids are likely to listen to them on mp3 players and computer speakers. But the songs still resonate with today’s youth.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” for instance, continues to be a popular children’s Christmas song, and the animated special is still played on TV every year and does brisk sales on DVD. 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.
All of those favorites kids Christmas songs played an important role in shaping our memories of this cherished holiday, just as they’ll continue to shape memories of today’s youth for years to come.