Putumayo Presents: Celtic Christmas



Christmas classics with a Celtic twist; great for families.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn some classic holiday songs and be exposed to Celtic music performed by musicians from around the world.

Positive messages

Holiday songs are filled with cheer and well wishes to make the season warm and bright.

Positive role models

Encourages kids to enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a collection of classic Christmas songs with a Celtic twist, from Irish, Scottish, American, and Canadian artists, so it's a worldwide effort. It's from the trusted Putumayo brand, so you can feel like your kids are getting a little education in music as well.

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What's the story?

Putumayo World Music takes us on a trip across the pond to the land of leprechauns and harps in CELTIC CHRISTMAS, an 11-track album of classic Christmas songs with artists from Ireland, Scotland, America, and Canada. Artists include DruidStone and Dougie MacLean singing holiday tunes like "Noel Nouvelet" and "Auld Lang Syne." Most of the album is instrumental with simple, acoustic renditions of yuletide classics such as "Joy to the World," "Good King Wenceslas," and "Angels We Have Heard on High."

Is it any good?


Even if you think you aren't a big fan of Irish or Scottish music, you'll enjoy the holiday songs on Celtic Christmas. Most of the tracks are instrumental, with easy, soothing guitar, strings, and flute, invigorating holiday favorites in a fresh way while keeping the traditional sound that makes them Christmas jewels. An Irish, bluesy version of "White Christmas" is an unexpected but fun version of the beloved Bing Crosby tune. The album is one the entire family can enjoy whether sipping eggnog around the fire or cooking a holiday feast.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about traditions. How does your family celebrate Christmas? Or do you celebrate a different holiday? What are some of your family holiday traditions?

  • What is some of your favorite song here? Why? Do you like a particular artist better than another?

  • How is this album different from holiday music you might usually listen to?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 25, 2011
Label:Putumayo World Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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