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Music for the Christmas Season
Christmas Music and Christmas Spirit
Christmas music is special and festive and really adds to what is already such a wonderful holiday. Christmas is many people's favourite time of the year. It's definitely my favorite holiday. The whole season is magical. I honestly love both sides of Christmas: the religious roots and the modern traditions.
With decorations everywhere and the holiday spirit coming out, it's hard not to enjoy the festivities. The Christmas music playing in every store is bound to put people in the Christmas mood. To make the most of your holiday, try bringing some Christmas music into your home.
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The possible choices for Christmas music are essentially endless. If in doubt, try the classics. These could be religious or not; everyone has different tastes. For the most part, though, having a medley of classic Christmas songs is a sure fire way to please most guests as they are usually the most popular and well known songs. There are also lots of variations of the songs since they have been around for so long, which means you an play music for hours and never repeat exactly the same song by the same artist.
The History of Christmas Music
Christmas music may be popular today, but there was a time when it was actually shunned by the Church and by mainstream society. The earliest songs were chants used for Church services. Carols seem to date back to the thirteenth century and they gradually evolved to what we know today.
However, in the 17th century, Puritans believed Christmas to be a pagan holiday and it was banned by the Church. The holiday became officially illegal to celebrate in 1645. Thankfully, this view did not last long. In 1660, the Stuarts were restored to the English throne and because the King celebrated Christmas, the holiday was revived. This included the singing of carols.
1833 has the first printed record of many of our familiar, modern carols in the publication Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern by William Sandy. Very few Christmas carols date from before the 19th century.
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Atmospheric Christmas Music
Perhaps you want to have something playing lightly in the background to create the perfect atmosphere. This is especially ideal during dinner to add to the mood without overpowering the meal or drowning out conversations. Here are some choices for instrumental Christmas music that can help turn an already good dinner party into a great one.
Acoustic music is one of my favorite styles, especially if you're focussing on something else. If you're decorating the tree or making Christmas cookies, it's wonderful to have Christmas music playing in the background. Peaceful acoustic music lets your enjoy all your Christmas activities while enhancing the holiday feel.
What Do You Prefer? - Speak your mind
Many people debate about whether classic Christmas carols or modern pop culture music is better. Personally, I feel that both add to the festive spirit of the holiday season, but not everyone agrees. Which do you prefer?
Do you prefer classic carols or modern pop songs?
Country Christmas Music
Country music is gaining in popularity and with that comes a wealth of wonderful albums for the holiday season. If there's a particular artist you like, there's a good chance they've released an album with their own favourites, or you can try a CD with a medley of songs. Here's just a few of the many options available for country Christmas music:
What's Your Favourite?
What is your favourite type of Christmas music?
This video has a great collection of favorite Christmas songs with holiday pictures playing in the background. It gives you a sampling of musical options and helps to get you into a festive mood.
Christmas Music For the Kids
If you have a lot of kids coming and have the space, you might want to consider having music set up in their own section of the house. These are also great to have playing when you're decorating the Christmas tree and the rest of the house. Or, you can put them on and set the kids up with a Christmas craft or some coloring pages. If your children are old enough, they might be wrapping their own presents and having some music on in the background can help motivate them for what could otherwise be a bit of a tedious task. Here's a few cds to keep the kids entertained.
Make sure the kids have fun, too, and make wonderful memories for when they're older. We all remember the classic Christmas songs from when we were little, and now you can share them with your own children. This will help keep them busy and happy while the adults relax after dinner.
Need some ideas to make your Christmas party more fun? Try some games!
Pass the Candy Cane
This game needs to be played in teams. Each team needs 4 candy canes. Everyone lines up and the first person places the 4 candy canes in between their fingers (so that it alternates finger, cane, finger, etc.).Then teams race to pass the candy canes to the next person to the end of the line.
3-Legged Stocking Race
Your typical 3-legged race, but pairs are tied together with stockings. This doesn't need to be just for kids!