Christmas comes but once a year... Christmas Carols but not as you know them

  

 

Christmas Carols but not as you know them:

When it comes to singing at Christmas, providing a good balance is important.  Christmas Carols have fabulous words and tradition, providing an important connection with the past. The parents of the children you work alongside may have wonderful memories of singing these carols as a child, and will enjoy singing along with their own children. But there are some great Christmas songs that can be added into the mix. Here are a couple you might like to have a listen to and buy. While they might not be your taste in Christmas music, they might be just the thing your children will love! 

Hey! Mary! 

Straight from NZ: Malcolm Gordon’s song “Hey Mary” was composed with his son Sam and released just last year for all of us to enjoy. Click here to listen to this song: Youtube
Click here to download the sheet music! Dropbox

Raise your candle: 
Click here to listen to this song and see the actions: Youtube
You can purchase the song from the Amber Sky Record website: Amber Sky Records 

Go tell it: 
Click here to listen to it on Youtube 
If you think you know this song then think again! This would be great with a group of dancers, or simply for a dance party in your Sunday School. Click here to go to the Amber Sky Record website to purchase it: Amber Sky Records

Angels we have heard on high: 
Click here to listen to it and see the actions: Youtube
Click here to purchase it: Amber Sky Records  

Peace Has Come:
This is a beautiful song by Hillsong. Not a 'kiddie' song, but then, there are plenty of kids who don't like kiddie songs. They love to sing alongside the adults. 
Have a listen to it on Youtube  
Check out Hillsong, have a listen to the song and purchase it: Hillsong
It can also be purchased from iTunes for $1.79

Do you hear what I hear: 
This is a lovely version of this carol by 'Out of Eden'. Well worth a listen. This song works well for Bible in Schools classes. 
It can be purchased from iTunes. 
Click here to listen to it: Youtube 

Away in a manger:
This is sung by New Zealand children and is a great one to use with younger children. See the 'Love to Sing' website for more: Love to Sing Xmas 
It can be purchased from iTunes.  
Click here to listen to it: Youtube

Bethlehem Bop: 
This is a good song for Bible in Schools classes, 9 years and under. It is by Johnny Burns, an Australian musician. Check out his website at: www.johnnyburns.com.au  
The song can be purchased from iTunes.   
Click here to listen to it: Youtube (the recording isn't the best but it will give you the idea) 

Noel: 
A modern take on an old classic. Would be great to have playing in the background as the children enter your space, or during a craft time. 
Click here to listen to it: Youtube
 

Check out the Kidsfriendly website for a whole lot more: www.kidsfriendly.org.nz/christmas-music-resources/

If you have a great Christmas song suggestion we would love to hear from you! 

 


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