As Christmas draws near, Beth, Kevin, and their children, Mac and Lilli, all lend a hand to decorate, adding simple touches that mark the season without overwhelming the home’s everyday charms. Take a tour of the Smiths’ “happy” holiday home.

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Christmas songs have a way of getting everyone into the holiday spirit. But for kids, they also offer a fun, unique way of learning the history and central themes of the holiday. These eight tunes combine simple melodies and playful, entertaining lyrics — the perfect recipe for memorizing new songs. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along, too.

1. Jingle Bells

The simple, rhyming lyrics and repeating notes are easy to memorize and are especially good for kids who are learning to play their first instrument. Fun fact: Jingle Bells was originally written to celebrate Thanksgiving.

2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” sends an excellent message through a catchy tune. You have this one to thank when your kids become extra obedient around the holidays.

3. Silent Night

This classic Christmas carol celebrates the birth of Jesus and is a lovely reminder of the history of the holiday.

4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Of all the Christmas songs for kids, this heart-warming tale never gets old. It’s a good lesson for learning to be accepting of others. We still can’t help but tune in to the Christmas special every year.

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5. Frosty the Snowman

“Frosty the Snowman” captures the temporal wonder of Christmas through the heart-warming story of a snowman brought to life by Christmas magic. This one inevitably conjures up some of our own childhood nostalgia.

6. The 12 Days of Christmas

There is no song that is more fun to sing than “The 12 Days of Christmas.” This is a great way for kids to expand their counting and memory skills. It's also fun because of the repetition and the fun gifts.

7. Deck the Halls

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la says it all.

8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Perhaps the easiest to memorize of the bunch, this faithful song is a joyful way to teach your kids to wish friends and relatives a Merry Christmas.