Here’s How To Use Classic Christmas Songs To Plan Your Holiday Fun
Jingle all the way!
Let your favorite Christmas songs inspire your fun this holiday season. From sipping a cup of cheer to decking the halls, there are plenty of traditions, both old and new, that you and your family will enjoy adding to your holiday celebrations this year. Listen to the lyrics of nostalgic Christmas carols and popular songs, and take your inspiration from the descriptions you find there—descriptions of activities, celebrations, decorations, and all the rest of the holiday season’s best-loved happenings. All of these activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re all made even more enjoyable by the addition of a sing-along or two. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite holiday song-inspired activities. Tis the season!
A Holly Jolly Christmas
“Have a holly jolly Christmas / It's the best time of the year / I don't know if there'll be snow / But have a cup of cheer”
Even if the temps don’t deliver a winter wonderland to your town, you can still pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate or eggnog and settle in for a long winter’s nap.
Deck the Halls
“Deck the halls / With boughs of holly / Fa la la la la / La la la la”
Listening to this song is all the encouragement we need to start decorating for the holidays. Unpack your garlands, ornaments, and candles (and boughs of holly, of course!) to get the holiday season started off right.
Frosty the Snowman
“Frosty the Snowman / Was a jolly happy soul / With a corncob pipe and a button nose / And two eyes made out of coal”
If you live in an area that receives a dusting of snow, make a snowman, button nose and all. For the rest of us, there are melted snowman cookies, shortbread snowmen, and a snowman cheese ball.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
“Hang a shining star upon the highest bough / And have yourself a merry little Christmas now”
Once you’ve brought the tree home (or assembled it, if you’re an artificial tree family), hang your ornaments and add a topper for the finishing touch.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
“I'll be home for Christmas / You can plan on me / Please have snow and mistletoe / And presents by the tree”
When you put the finishing touches on your holiday decor, don’t forget to hang a cluster of mistletoe—it’s tradition!
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
“There'll be parties for hosting / Marshmallows for toasting / And caroling out in the snow”
This song is practically a holiday itinerary, from throwing parties and toasting marshmallows to singing carols and telling stories (the “tales of the glories of / Christmases long, long ago”). So take its lead, plan a party, and toast up some marshmallows this season.
“What fun it is to ride and sing / A sleighing song tonight”
Even if you don’t have a one-horse open sleigh hitched up and ready to go, you can still load everyone in the car for a joyful holiday ride. Go searching for neighbors’ lights displays and sing Christmas carols along the way.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
“Rockin' around the Christmas tree / Let the Christmas spirit ring / Later we'll have some pumpkin pie / And we'll do some caroling”
Rock around the tree with plenty of caroling and a slice of good, old-fashioned pumpkin pie this holiday season.
“Let's take the road before us and sing a chorus or two / Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you”
While you’re sure to be humming holiday songs all season long, you can also organize a seasonal sing with your family or join a caroling group to spread some cheer.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
“He sings a love song / As we go along / Walking in a winter wonderland”
When December arrives, walking in a winter wonderland is a must. Bundle up the family and enjoy the season by going for a stroll together.
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A Holly Jolly Christmas
“Have a holly, jolly Christmas / And when you walk down the street / Say hello to friends you know / And everyone you meet”
This Christmas song is a reminder to keep the spirit of the season front of mind and spread cheer wherever you go, even if it’s just with a smile and a happy hello.
What holiday traditions do you and your family keep every year? Do you have any favorite Christmas songs?