Christmas songs are lots of fun, and childhood Christmas tunes are some of the most entertaining. The lighthearted arrangements and silly lyrics bring a smile to everyone’s face. Hearing your kids sing along can be one of the most enjoyable things about the holiday season. If you’re planning a holiday road trip or need a playlist for your kids to listen to this Christmas season, don’t forget about these great childhood Christmas tunes.
1. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
The first of a handful of favorite childhood Christmas tunes is ‘All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.’ This seems like a valid request, but makes for a hilarious holiday song. The repetition in the song makes this one easy for even the littlest tykes to learn. The whole family will be able to sing along while getting into the holiday spirit with this great childhood Christmas song. Hopefully it will begin to bring up great childhood memories for you and get you into the holiday mood.
2. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
A hippopotamus? How ridiculous! The imagination of a child is one of the world’s most amazing things. Stimulate your kid’s wandering mind with this great holiday favorite. It’s funny to hear and so much fun to sing. Kids will sing, laugh, and have a jolly time listening to this tune. Don’t be surprised if several wild animals show up on your child’s wish list!
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Ooh, la la! Don’t look now, but something is going on between mommy and Santa! I love this song. It’s an adorable tune and such a cute idea. Can you believe it took me several years of singing it as a child to realize that Santa was Dad dressed up in a Santa suit? Whether your kids catch on quicker than I did or not, this song is still a fun one to sing during the holidays. Try the version by The Jackson 5 for a song chock full of fun and talent for your kids to sing along with.
4. Dominic the Donkey
How does Santa deliver presents up the steep mountain terrain of Italy? With the help of Dominic the Donkey of course! This song is adorable with the sounds of a donkey woven right into the chorus, it’s a lot of fun for kids to sing. The tune is upbeat and gives you the feeling you’re actually riding on a happy little donkey along with Santa.
5. Please Christmas Don’t Be Late
The Alvin and the Chipmunks version of this song is by far the most popular. Dave yelling at Alvin throughout while Alvin, Simon, and Theodore detail the items they’d really love for Christmas. Hopefully your children are aware of Alvin and the Chipmunks. If not, this tune might allow the perfect opportunity to introduce these lovable cartoon characters. This is such a classic holiday song adored by kids and grown ups alike.
6. Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer
I always thought this song was a bit violent, but kids seem to love it! For some reason the idea of ole’ Granny getting a bit tipsy on eggnog, wandering out into the road and getting trampled by Santa’s reindeer is highly comical for children. Hey, whatever works! And as long as there is eggnog involved, I’m all ears. Santa doesn’t seem like the hit-and-run type of character, so I’m sure Grandma is doing fine and will be careful not to walk out on Christmas Eve like that in the future.
7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
This song is hopeful and happy – everything you look for in a classic Christmas tune. The best part is that kids love singing this song all season long. A bonus to this song is the reminder that it’s so important to be good if kids want to receive all of the gifts they’ve asked for. A song that encourages children to behave and gets everyone in the holiday spirit? That’s a win-win!
Don’t be a scrooge! Allow your children to help you get into the holiday mood by singing along with them as they sing great childhood Christmas songs. What were your favorite holiday songs growing up? What songs do your kids love to sing at Christmas time?