Covering the gamut from traditional Christmas carols to pop holiday music, these Christmas sites include printable lyrics, music trivia, and streaming online radio stations. May your holiday season be joyful and filled with music!
"It's never too early to prepare for Christmas song sing-a-longs." And to help in that endeavor, About.com guitar guru Dan Cross brings us an archive of printable Christmas carols with lyrics and guitar chords. This page is full of kid-friendly songs ("All I Want For Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) but for more traditional fare, follow the "More Christmas Song Links" just below the list of children's songs.
Calling itself "the most comprehensive Christmas song resource on the web," Christmas Songs includes Christmas music trivia (with six interactive quizzes), links to sites with free Christmas sheet music, lots of printable song lyrics, and lists of top-selling Christmas CDs. "Jingle Bells is the most popular of all Christmas songs, but did you know it hasn't always been associated with Christmas? The song was written by James Lord Pierpont and was copyrighted on September 16, 1857 with the title 'One Horse Open Sleigh.'"
Not just another Internet radio site, Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, a recommendation engine started in 2000 by "a group of musicians and music-loving technologists." Pandora lets you create custom radio channels filled with songs that Pandora "knows" you will love. To craft your Christmas channel, start with their generic Christmas station (look under Genre Stations) and then customize it by rating songs (thumbs up or down) or build a station from scratch by seeding it with your favorite Christmas songs or musicians.
XmasMelody is a streaming Christmas radio station that broadcasts 24/7. To listen in, click on one of the Listen Xmas Station links in the right-hand column. You can choose between Winamp player, RealOne player or Windows Media in your choice of two speeds: 128kpbs (CD quality) or 32kpbs (for slower connections.) The website itself is rather simple. In addition to the listen links, there is a countdown to Christmas, and a scrolling message bar, where you can submit holiday greetings to be broadcast.
For lyrics, midi files and videos (selected from YouTube), scroll through this alphabetic list of Christmas songs from Xmas Fun. I am not a big fan of midi files, but they can be useful when you've simply forgotten a melody and need to be reminded before going out a-caroling. And, I thought the videos were a nice touch, especially for little kids. Before printing out the lyrics, be sure to click the "Hide Video" button, just below the video.