As for many families, Christmas has always been our favorite time of year. And one of the best parts about this holiday is Christmas music. I love using music year-round to teach new vocabulary as it can be both fun and educational. Of course, there are tons of resources available to make use of during the holiday season. Here are a few of my faves from all around the world that I’ve come across this year.
Websites for Christmas Music
Popular sites for teaching Spanish offer a large variety of links to music and videos of popular Christmas songs in Spanish for children. Some of my favorites are at:
One of my absolute favorite sites for learning French – Monde des Titounis – offers free resources for children including hours of music, often with accompanying lyrics. You can find a compilation of all “Monde des petits“ Christmas songs on youtube.
Kidworldcitizen.org has a great article on popular traditions in Italy during this time of year, in addition to links for compilations of Italian Christmas Carols.
Teach me: learning songs and traditions has an awesome series of audiobooks with editions in Spanish, French, Italian, and German. Each one includes a CD that has an hour of song and reading in the target language. Samples of audio clips are on their website. The majority of songs are traditional ones sung solely in the primary language of interest. The books also have some bilingual songs that are original and good for teaching, such as an Advent song to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle.
Other bilingual songs include accompanying translations of other known songs such as Deck the Halls and We Three Kings. Every book is narrated by a native speaker who recounts the traditions they had with their family while growing up, as well as some classic stories universal to their country of origin.
For more about their Spanish version, check out my post at Kids Spanish Book Club.
Another book I am very excited about is The Night Before Christmas in Africa. The proceeds from the book go to help disadvantaged children and their education. A narration CD with African songs such as the traditional South African lullaby Tula Baba is included.
Christmas Music CDs
Putumayo has a great selection of Christmas titles, including Latin and Celtic Christmas. In their French album, one of my favorites is “Guillaume prends ton
Mamalisa is a fabulous site for song lyrics from all around the world. It is extremely comprehensive – its holiday section has not only song lyrics from all over the world, but poems, plays, and so much more!
What are your favorite resources for multicultural Christmas music? Please share in the comments!
Welcome to our sixth annual Christmas in Different Lands series! Each participating blogger will share about Christmas in another culture or country. For even more glimpses of global Christmas celebrations, see our series from previous years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) plus follow our Christmas board on Pinterest!
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