Celtic Christmas Greetings #07: Christmas Songs for Kids

I loved Christmas song when I was a kid. My daughter is now 4, and I want to educate her not only on some of the great Christmas songs out there, but also some of the great Celtic Christmas songs. But a lot of what makes something “great” is dependent on the child. I’m happy that she enjoys my “Frosty the Irish Snowman” and is singing “Christmas in Killarney”. So today, I share some of my favorite Christmas carols as a kid and as an adult.

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Celtic Christmas Greetings #06: Was There a Scotsman at the Birth of Jesus Christ?

What do “Deck the Halls”, “We Three Kings” and “Scotland the Brave” have in common? In this episode, I answer that question as I talk about satire and songwriting for a song about a Scotsman who comes to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Marc’s Musings Goes Weekly Starting in January

I’m trying to better organize my schedule. I find that weekly newsletters, just like podcasts seem to work better as long as I have a format to work with. The Celtic Music Magazine is one such example. I’m gonna start publishing the newsletter every #CelticThursday highlighting artists in the Wednesday edition of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

I want to do the same with my newsletter, Marc’s Musings. I’ve been publishing it for over ten years now. And I want to make it more interactive, including more weekly audio. I just need to figure out what day of the week to publish it

I also hope to add a secondary newsletter to support my music and the main newsletter. This one will be for my actual street team, with lots of small manageable tasks that you can do to help me promote…
I’m still working on that. In the meantime, go subscribe today.

Celtic Christmas Greetings #05: Christmas Markets and Scotland

In 2009 and 2010,I made a couple great trips to Europe, one to Germany for Christmas and one to Scotland. These sparked a beautiful Christmas love song I wrote for my wife.

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Celtic Christmas Greetings #04: Oldest Celtic Christmas Song

In this episode, I explore the first Celtic Christmas songs that were written. It turns out there’s a rich history that supersedes “Christmas in Killarney” by centuries. However, that song that I first heard recorded by Bing Crosby is still a favorite of mine.

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Celtic Christmas Greetings #03: Celtic Christmas Traditions

Today, I share some of the great Celtic Christmas traditions you can find in Ireland and Scotland as I share a song, written by Rie Sheridan Rose, that highlights some of these same traditions on my new album Celtic Christmas Greetings.

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Celtic Christmas Greetings #02: Christmas Elves vs. Leprechauns

Today, I explore the origins of my “Celtic Christmas Elf” song that was recorded on my latest CD Celtic Christmas Greetings. I’ve had a fascination of leprechauns since eating Lucky Charms cereal as child. But what happens when they become conscripted in Santa’s Workshop. You’ll find out the history of both today for this Celtic Christmas Greetings Podcast.

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Christmas in Scotland (Lyrics)

lyrics and music by Marc Gunn

Performed by Marc Gunn
From CD: Celtic Christmas Greetings

On a cold Glasgow eve,
We wandered brisk streets
Like a storybook romance from the past
From New Orleans to Scotland
With memories to spend
And you face lit up with a laugh

Celtic Christmas Greeting Card with Celtic Knotwork WreathHappy Christmas, my sweet, you’re the reason
I awake each morning joy on my face.
Warm covers we cast off
Like the cold Scottish frost
Our hearts warm us up each Christmas Day

Along Oban’s sea wall,
Christmas snow is falling
Where you and I walked hand in hand
Now our wee baby wiggles
She’s our tiny snow angel
Without you, my Christmas feels bland

 

The Scottish King of Christmas (Lyrics)

lyrics and music by Marc Gunn
Imagining a Scotsman was at the birth of Jesus Christ. Also called “Kilted Christmas”

Performed by Marc Gunn
From CD: Celtic Christmas Greetings

You’ve heard about three Kings of Orient are
But have you heard about the fourth from afar
He came down from the cold, windy north
To celebrate Jesus’ holy birth

Celtic Christmas Greeting Card with Celtic Knotwork WreathHe followed the star across highlands and seas
Far to the South, across many coun-ter-ies
He wore blue paint and a kilt quite bold
That danced as he walked into the stable door

[scotland the brave melody]
Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Fa-la la-la

The wise men looked up at this stranger and stared
Who was this wild man who didn’t comb his hair
A wool blanket he brought that looked like his kilt
He wrapped baby Jesus and by his side he knelt

The wise men smiled as he left the stable door
Thinking they like this man much more than before
Then they heard a sound that blared through the night
Baby Jesus awoke to those highland bagpipes.

Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Fa-la la-la la-la-la
Scotland the Brave

 

Background: I wrote this song at the end of 2009. I was singing a bunch of traditional Christmas songs and wondered what would happen if a Scotsman came down from Scotland for Jesus’ birth. It was originally released in the Celtic Christmas Podcast. It turned into a fun, satirical Celtic Christmas song. You can find all of the lyrics to my Celtic Christmas Greetings album here. Find some Scottish Christmas traditions here.

Celtic Christmas Greetings #01: What Is Celtic Christmas Music?

Today, I launch what I hope to be a daily podcast of Celtic Christmas music where I share my thoughts about Celtic music and Christmas music. Today, I answer the question, “What is Celtic Christmas music?” While I have my own thoughts on the topic, I’d love yours as well. What is Celtic Christmas to you?

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