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.
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?
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.
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!
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anonymous on December 09, 2013:
Great lens. I can't wait for Christmas. I hope you have a great one!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 04, 2013:
I play Christmas music whenever my heart desires. It is way too wonderful to save for just one heavy dose in December. I think I often appreciate it even more in the "off season" (as if there could ever be one for Christmas). :-)
Fay Favored from USA on August 28, 2013:
I listen to Christmas music all year long, especially in the summer. The spirit of Christmas is always in my heart.
Stephanie (author) from Canada on August 26, 2013:
@verymary: That's like my boss at my old job. He is obsessed with Christmas and would sometimes play Christmas music in the summer just for the fun of it.
Mary from Chicago area on August 26, 2013:
I love Christmas music and have quite a collection .... start playing it much too early for my family's taste! Hard to cram that whole collection into just a few weeks!
Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on August 26, 2013:
I love WOW Christmas albums and also Hit Country songs :)
Stephanie (author) from Canada on January 01, 2013:
@Sylvestermouse: Thank you, and same to you!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 31, 2012:
Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!