Holiday Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

By Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Around the world and throughout history, people celebrate holidays with music. With the weather getting colder in the and the days getting shorter in the Northern hemisphere, people often turn to tradition, family, and music to lighten their lives in the middle of winter. In this playlist, listen to songs of Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza. Many well-known and well-loved Christmas carols are here, including several sung in different languages. There is a French recording of "Angels We Have Heard On High" and a German "Silent Night". There are lesser-known recordings too, like a bluegrass "Little Drummer Boy" and a Hannukah song by Woody Guthrie. Enjoy the music of the holiday season and hear why these songs and themes resonate year after year.

21 songs

  1. 1.
    Oh, What a Beautiful City (Twelve Gates to the City)Pete SeegerTraditional Christmas Carols
    3:240:30
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    1:250:30
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    Stille Nacht, Heilige NachtErnst WolffGerman Christmas Songs
    2:150:30
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    3:310:30
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    Christmas is A-Coming (Chicken Crows at Midnight)Lead BellyLead Belly Sings for Children
    1:070:30
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    2:170:30
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    Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice)Rakhel HadassSongs of Israel
    2:210:30
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    1:300:30
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    0:590:30
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    Bright Morning Stars are RisingThe Seeger SistersAmerican Folk Songs for Christmas
    1:500:30
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    3:350:30
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    1:060:30
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    1:490:30
  14. 14.
    Gung Hay Fat ChoyElla JenkinsHoliday Times
    0:160:16
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    Sao Chegados Os Trez Reis (The Three Kings Have Arrived)UnspecifiedChristmas Songs of Portugal
    3:280:30
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    1:180:30
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    Sint Nicolaas Potpourri (St. Nicholas Medley)Mieke and NinaGreetings from Holland
    5:120:30
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    Joseph and Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol)The Seeger SistersAmerican Folk Songs for Christmas
    2:180:30
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    Harmonica for HanukkahElla JenkinsSongs Children Love to Sing
    1:510:30
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    Rise Up, Shepherd, and FollowPete SeegerTraditional Christmas Carols
    1:400:30
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    2:250:30

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