Each & every member of our family loves music. My husband and I have very eclectic musical tastes and seem to have been lucky enough to have passed this on to our children.
The other day I lost my ‘phone and discovered Evey laying on her bed, eyes closed to listen to the music on my phone and tapping her foot in time. When I asked her what she had been listening to, I discovered her favorite songs of the moment were by Lady GaGa, Metallica, Nickleback, Meatloaf and Neil Diamond – not the usual choices of a seven-year-old!
We have many stories about the kids & music over the years. We still tease our eldest daughter Jacqueline about the time she came home from school, full of excitement because she had ‘discovered’ this great new group of which we’d never heard. They were called Green Day, and her bubble was utterly deflated when we asked her if she would like to borrow our Green Day CD.
Joshua takes a perverse pleasure in listening to bands that none of his friends has heard. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music of the 70’s and is a massive fan of The Who. What does Joshua want for Christmas? A turntable because he ‘prefers the sound of the background noise on vinyl over the ‘clean’ sound of digital.
James has moved on from the Techno we videoed him dancing to when he was 2. He was often sent to sleep by The Prodigy, and we have great footage of him rocking out while hanging onto a baby gate at the kitchen door.
Strangely his little brother Gabriel has, at 8, developed a taste for the very late ’80’s early ’90’s dance music that James was so fond of as a little one! He stole James’s headphones but, as you can see, didn’t take anything with music on to listen too – but it didn’t stop him having a good dance.
Music has always played a part in our family traditions, especially around the holidays. No Christmas music is allowed before December 1st, but after that, we have playlists for wrapping gifts to, decorating the tree too, playlists for Christmas Eve & lists for Christmas morning and that doesn’t include the Christmas music we play with increasing frequency as Christmas Day approaches.
Here are our favorite Christmas playlists – perhaps you would like to share yours with me?
Music to wrap the gifts and decorate to
- Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
- Step into Christmas – Elton John
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Jackson 5
- Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
- I wish it could be Christmas every day – Wizzard
- Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
- All I want for Christmas – Spike Jones
- Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
- It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Andy Williams
- Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer – The Crystals
- Rocking around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
- A Fairy Tale of New York – The Pogues feat Kirsty MacColl
- All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey
Background Music for Christmas cooking
- Baby, it’s cold outside-Dean Martin
- Santa Baby – Eartha Kit
- A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh
- Walking in the Air – Aled Jones
- O little town of Bethlehem – Burt Ives
- Silver Bells – Jim Reeves
- Ring Out Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- When a child is born – Johnny Mathis
- Lonely this Christmas – Mud
- 2000 Miles – Pretenders
- Happy Christmas (War is Over ) – John & Yoko
Music for Christmas Eve story & hot chocolate time (must be sung by a choir!)
- O little town of Bethlehem
- While Shepherds Watched
- Once in Royal Davids City
- Away in a Manger
- We three kings of orient are
- Hark the herald angels sing
- O come all ye faithful
- The holly and the ivy
- Joy to the world
- I saw three ships
- Good King Wenceslas
- Ding Dong Merrily on high
- Tell it on the Mountain
- Silent night
- The first Nowell
What about you? Does your family have any musical traditions during the holidays?