It’s that time of year again…holiday time, of course! Although I have been listening to Christmas tunes since the beginning of November, the rest of the world seems to accept Thanksgiving as the official kick-off to the holiday season.

And now that it is December, many classrooms are taking part in seasonal activities and lessons. So today I’m sharing my holiday-centered album with you, just in case you need any last-minute inspiration or songs to accompany your own lesson and session plans.

This Listen & Learn album contains 7 songs, all of which I wrote about in detail last December. The first track, “Holiday Time”, is a great way to introduce the topic and start conversations about not only Christmas, but all of the other winter holidays your students may celebrate.

It’s holiday time, so here is a rhyme,
For us all to sing together.
Spreading joy and good cheer,
This time of the year,
No matter how cold the weather.

It’s time for giving,
Helping others and being kind.
It’s time for sharing,
Which will make you feel good inside.


It’s time for music,
Come on and ring your bell.
It’s time for carols,
Silent Night and The First Noel.


It’s time for parties,
Spending time with your family and friends.
It’s time for celebration,
Hope the laughter never ends.


And of course, I keep all the traditional Christmas songs on hand just in case a student should request one (as has happened in each class this week!) during a music therapy session. In fact, I am putting together a Christmas Singalong for the students of The Hope Institute in a couple of weeks, filled with all of their favorite holiday tunes. Which begs the question: what are your personal favorites?

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