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2011 Christmas Songs

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Well, I have my songs for this year: Christmas Vacation, Hockey Night In Canada, Mr. Grinch, Let it snow, Carol of Bells....same ones I used last year....I am just wondering if there are any suggestions for new songs. What is a good Jingle Bells song?, and what are some of the songs you guys/gals are using this year. I am looking for just a couple more, but have run into a brain freeze for some new songs.....what are you doing for 2011. I live on Vancouver Island, Canada so it's not like I live next to you...lol.....suggestions?

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Last year I tackled Dueling Jingle Bells and it was quite a hit. I received really good feedback and most had not heard it.

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I am playing Winter Wonderland, Music Box Dancer (my favorite), Carol of the Bells, Amazing Grace (techno edit), 34th Street Overture, Jingle Bells, and Christmas Canon (TSO). Sort of a mix of the traditional. I wanted to do "I Got A Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas and the song "Christmas Shoes" but I ran out of time to do the programming.

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I'm using the following this year.

Carol of Bells

Drummer Boy

Happy Birthday Jesus - Mike Douglas

Nutcracker Suite Short

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

All I Want For Christmas Is You

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Johnny Mathis

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year-Andy Williams

Jingle Bell Rock

Winter Wonderland

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For Jingle Bells, I'm using a Dixieland version by The Firehouse Five + 2. It's got solos and makes for an interesting variety.

The others are:

White Christmas - The Drifters from The Santa Clause film.

Wizards in Winter, you gotta give the people what they want.

Carol of the Bells - David Foster. A lot of fun sequencing this.

Christmas Cannon - TSO. A chance to do a lot of sweeping fades.

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