UPDATED: Music Monday Review and Giveaway: A Laurie Berkner Christmas

Album Cover Art A Laurie Berkner Christmas

A Laurie Berkner Christmas has all of the zest you might expect from this fun-loving children’s artist and more.  In true Laurie Berkner fashion, her enthusiasm for the holidays bursts through this collection of sing and dance-able songs, both original and traditional.

I especially appreciate her inclusion of “Christmas is Coming” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” two traditional but not often heard holiday songs.  Both are done in a way that you can’t help but want to sing along.

In fact I was so moved by “Children Go Where I Send Thee” that I wanted to know more about it and found that it’s a traditional African-American spiritual song that is sometimes known as “The Holy Baby” or “Born in Bethlehem.”  It’s very much a hand clapping, joyful song, one of our family’s new favorites.

Laurie will also keep you singing with her three original tracks: “Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight,” “Candy Cane Jane” and “Christmas Lights.”

“Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight” is the soundtrack for kids everywhere who lie in bed waiting for that jolly old man to arrive.  Parents, too, will remember that wiggly, jittery feeling of excitement on Christmas Eve.  You can preview it on her website.

Laurie says, “I have actually wanted to make this album for a long time, as so many of my memories of being a kid at Christmastime center around music! All of the songs I chose for this recording remind me of those family times when we shared a lot of playfulness and love through music.”

This collection of family-friendly holiday songs definitely lends itself to the playfulness Laurie had in mind when creating it.

A Giveaway

I am excited to announce that one lucky family has an opportunity to win a copy of A Laurie Berkner Christmas.  Simply leave a comment below telling me which of the three original tracks:  “Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight,” “Candy Cane Jane” and “Christmas Lights” sound most exciting to you.  Comments will be open through tonight Tuesday December 18, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday December 19, 2012.  Good luck!

Recommended for:  Singing out loud & Dancing the wiggles out

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF LAST WEEK’S GIVEAWAY OF Susie Tallman’s A Child’s Christmas * Holiday Songs and Carols and Animal Songs & Stories

nina says:

My son has loved Jingle bells since he was a baby so we have several versions of this. This year, age 5, he’s been interested in learning the twelve days of christmas so we’ve been practicing that quite a bit. I love winter wonderland but almost all christmas songs make me happy and we keep them playing all day, when I remember. The most interesting experience has been explaining the radio and how you can’t go back to songs you just heard.

Melinda says:

I love the traditional humans like Angels We Have Heard on High and Mary Did You Know?, but my little guy has been having a great time singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Jingle Bells over and over again.

Steph J says:

Hard to pick one…I do love Silent Night for the contemplative times and Joy to the World. Like Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells for playtime!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this album for review.  

UPDATE:  In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, and our nation’s need to experience joy again I am extending the giveaway through Tuesday.  Our family has been saddened along with so many of yours and our prayers go out to the people of the Newtown community.   Including Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool (part of the Simple Living Media Network where I am also a contributor for Simple Kids) .  


I would also like to share that Sparkle Stories, a children’s story subscription service has issued a special edition to help children and their famlies understand and deal with the subject of death and grief, you can listen to and download this free story here.

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12 Responses to UPDATED: Music Monday Review and Giveaway: A Laurie Berkner Christmas

  1. nina December 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Thank you so much, I can’t wait! My son is enamoured with Christmas Lights this year so that one would probably be his favorite. I still remember not being able to sleep and staring out the window hoping to see Santa…on a different note, I don’t know if you’ve listened to Special Agent 23 skidoo but I love his CDs and my son enjoys many of the songs (some with a great message he is not as in love with as I am). He has his daighter sing with him too and its great encouragement for kids, imo. I highly recommend them to everyone with kids.

  2. Heather Hay December 18, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Love Laurie B!! This is a fantastic blog! 🙂

  3. Michelle Bailey December 18, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Would live to hear the whole cd, but Christmas Lights sounds really nice. String up lights and the whole world seems a little brighter, a little more cheerful, a little more at peace. Hope to win! Merry Christmas!

  4. Jen Dowler December 18, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Candy Cane Jane

  5. Claudette December 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    The thought of Santa coming to coming to your house is alway an exciting, fun event. Every child and adult can feel and remember the excitement and anticipation for this part of the holidays. Leaving special cookies for Santa was such a fun part of the traditions we had.
    Thanks for the recommendation of this artist.

  6. Lisa December 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Probably Christmas lights!!

  7. Jessica December 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight! I just saw this new album the other day and it looks fantastic!!

  8. Elizabeth December 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    “Christmas Lights” sounds the best. My youngest and I listened to “The Little Drummer Boy” sample and really liked it.
    Thank you!
    Mama to six

  9. Trish December 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    My girls LOVE Candy Cane Jane! Thank you!

  10. Chrissy December 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I think “Santa Claus is coming to my house tonight” sounds perfect for the feelings in my house right now. How about “Santa Claus is coming to my house in 7 days, nope 6 days, and now…” ? They are very excited!!

    • Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Mine too, the excitement is palpable!

  11. Anne-Carolyn Bird December 19, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Christmas Lights! The lights around town are my favorite part of the holiday, and I would love to hear Laurie’s take on them!

    Thanks for letting me know about this album! Even if we don’t win, we’ll be looking forward to picking it up!

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