Christmas brings out the best in family traditions, especially in an increasingly digital age. It’s a great time for families to unplug and find good old-fashioned ways to celebrate together. These traditions strengthen family bonds, create structure, stability, a sense of familiarity – things that are important for children, particularly young ones.
Musical traditions are a really big part of the holiday season, and listening to classic tunes as a family undoubtedly brings out the Christmas spirit in everyone, young and old alike. One great way to really enjoy the sounds of the season is through Christmas caroling. Even if you’ve never done it before, start a new musical tradition with your family this season.
Take a look at these classic Christmas carols and modern favorites that are ideal for caroling as a family. Print out this list, read the descriptions to your kids, and allow them to pick out the ones they want to learn most!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Quite possibly one of the most well-known Christmas songs, this Christmas carol is a unanimous favorite. The lyrics talk about Rudolph, Santa’s head reindeer, who was initially the target of scrutiny for his red nose, but was eventually able to use his glowing nose to light the way and lead Santa’s sleigh on a foggy Christmas Eve. In the end, Rudolph became the Christmas hero, no longer scrutinized, but looked up to.
One of the first Christmas songs children learn, Jingle Bell has a simple chorus. Its tune is catchy and is easy to learn. The song is also great for creativity and silliness because its lyrics have multiple variations.
Frosty the Snowman
This song covers the story of a snowman that came to life because of a magic top hat. When he came to life, he played with the children who built him. Kids love the storytelling vibe it brings.
This classic Christmas carol depicts the spiritual side of Christmas. It refers to the night Jesus Christ was born, the reason Christians celebrate Christmas. When sung by children, it is hauntingly beautiful.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Introduce your kids to this song and teach them how to greet others this holiday season. This upbeat song wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Away in a Manger
Another song appreciated by Christians, away in a manger is a song loved by many. This is one of the first songs children learn in Sunday School and recalls the night Jesus was born in great detail.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
This Christmas song combines joyous lyrics with a somber tone in a way that’s unlike other Christmas songs. Its lyrics encourage you to let your troubles float away and focus on the day.
All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
This song tells the story of a child who has lost his two front teeth. He has trouble wishing others a Merry Christmas, so he wants his two front teeth to grow in. Children, particularly those in lower elementary school grades, can relate to the song and find joy in singing it.
The 12 Days of Christmas
This song is a lot of fun for children to sing, and can even help them fine-tune their counting skills. It describes 12 gifts given on the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
This Christmas carol makes children think about being good boys and girls and listening to their parents. The words say that you better watch out and be good because Santa is watching.
Christmas caroling as a family is a great way to create fun and memorable holiday seasons. Remember that you don’t need snowflakes falling from the sky or angelic voices to enjoy this tradition. Mix cheery music with a lot of holiday spirit and you will create a tradition that your children will look forward to each holiday season for years to come.