A Laurie Berkner Christmas

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Spirited and singable songs loaded with Christmas cheer.

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Educational value

Music can teach history as well as be entertaining. This album is a wonderful representation of Christmas songs, from religious songs complete with Biblical references, to secular songs celebrating festivities and traditions of the season. The album also features a variety of vocal performance styles that lend themselves perfectly for holiday singing, including a round ("Christmas is Coming"), call and response ("Do You Hear What I Hear?"), and a cappella ("We Wish You a Merry Christmas").

Positive messages

This collection of traditional and original Christmas tunes highlights the importance of family, fun, and faith. "Candy Cane Jane" is a tale of friendship: "Her name was Candy Cane Jane, her horse had a candy cane mane/ She sat by the window pane and watched the snow come down/ His name was Gum Drop Joe, he liked to play in the snow/ And so together they’d go for a ride on the horse with the mane made of candy canes." "I Saw Three Ships" is a song of loving family spirit: "And who was on those ships, all three, on Christmas Day, on Christmas Day?/ And who was on those ships, all three, But Joseph and his Lady/ And he did whistle and she did sing, On Christmas Day in the Morning."

Positive role models

Berkner includes both secular and religious Christmas songs, covering many Anglo-American Christmas classics. The songs model love and good cheer to celebrate the festive holiday season. "Christmas Lights" is about celebrating the season: "There's a light inside of me, just like on a Christmas tree." Generosity is the theme in "Christmas is Coming," an Old English nursery rhyme/ carol, sung in a round: "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat/ Please put a penny in the old man's hat/ If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do/ If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Laurie Berkner Christmas is a festive collection of Christmas songs performed in a kid-friendly, folk-rocky way. The album has renditions of mostly secular Christmas classics ("Jingle Bells," "Frosty," and "Rudolph"), some softly religious one ("Silent Night," "Little Drummer Boy"), and a few originals. Fellow children's music stars Elizabeth Mitchell and Brady Rymer join Berkner and her band to help celebrate the season with songs about snow, sleigh rides, candy canes, lights, snowmen, Santa, and more. A Laurie Berkner Christmas is loaded with cheer and is a welcome addition to any family holiday music collection. 

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A LAURIE BERKNER CHRISTMAS is the first Christmas album by award-winning children's music star Laurie Berkner and her band. The album features fellow musicians Elizabeth Mitchell and Brady Rymer.

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A LAURIE BERKNER CHRISTMAS is like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter's day -- warm, welcoming, rich with flavor, and enjoyed with a loving embrace. Berkner's smooth voice invites you in with beautifully arranged traditional and original songs about this wonderful time of year. "Candy Cane Jane" is truly an outstanding original -- be sure to check out its official video online. All tunes have Berkner's signature acoustic guitar and angelic singing, and the album features vocal performance styles perfect for holiday singing, including round, call and response, a cappella, and lots of harmony. These songs will quickly become a delightful family tradition and may, like hot cocoa, be too irresistible to enjoy just during the holidays.  Standout tracks are many and include "Jingle Bells," "Santa's Coming to My House Tonight," "Candy Cane Jane," "Do You Hear What I Hear?" "Children Go Where I Send Thee," "Silent Night," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," and "White Christmas."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about seasonal songs. Which holiday songs are your favorites and why? How do these songs make you feel?

  • How do Laurie Berkner's version of "Jingle Bells," "Frosty the Snowman," and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" compare with other versions you've heard?

  • What are traditions? Does your family have favorite holiday traditions, and if so, what are they? 

Music details

Artist:Laurie Berkner
Release date:October 30, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Two Tomatoes Records
Genre:Holiday
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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