Holiday Magic

"It’s a time for love and sharing, a time to sing a joyful song”. Hap Palmer’s opening lines set the tone for this magical collection of songs. A variety of musical styles from playful to reverent evoke the richness of the holiday season. Hap’s original songs and unique adaptations of traditional favorites invite active participation. Children clap, stamp, jiggle and dance, they express things they are thankful for, play rhythm instruments and sing along with traditional favorites. The recording also includes instrumental versions of all the songs making it an ideal format for use in holiday programs and family and school sing-a-longs. Ages 2 and older.

Product Number: HP108


Parents' Choice Gold Award
Palmer is among a tiny handful of prolific singer-songwriters who rarely misfire when writing for children. This time around he may have once again written a best seller. “What A World We’d Have” (If Christmas Lasted All Year Long) is a heartwarming opener for everyone who cherishes peace on earth, good will to...etc. He turns the standard holiday tune on its ear: you’ve never heard Jingle Bells or Rudolph...performed like this. Palmer takes another unpredictable turn with the self-penned “The Merry Hula”. Complete with Hawaiian guitars, it conjures up visions of a snow white luau.
Like Raffi, Hap Palmer is a musical ambassador to kids. Aiming for cultural diversity and/or sensitivity during the holidays on Holiday Magic, Palmer and, occasionally, a group of kids make their merry way through standards like "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and remake "Jingle Bells" into "Jingle Song," while visiting the Jewish "Chanukah, Oh Chanukah," the Latino "Feliz Navidad," and even the Hawaiian-flavored "Merry Hula." Palmer and the adults do a wonderful "Caroling, Caroling," but it's the sing-alongs such as "The Angel Band" and others that will get families chiming in, too--and teach some important lessons at a time of year when not everyone is doing the tree and crèche thing. Recommended. -- Martin Keller

Cover - Holiday Magic
1. (13) What A World We’d Have
2. (14) Jingle Bells/Jingle Song
3. (15) Caroling, Caroling
4. (16) The Angel Band
5. (17) Merry Christmas Santa
6. (18) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
7. (19) Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
8. (20) Things I’m Thankful For
9. (21) The Merry Hula
10. (22) Feliz Navidad/Merry Christmas
11. (23) The Baby's Carol
12. (24) We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Numbers in parenthesis ( )
are instrumentals of songs