A Musical Exploring Carols and Holiday Traditions Around the World by Ruth Elaine Schram.
This multicultural delight is an around-the-world celebration of Christmas, exploring carols and traditions from Germany, Japan, Australia, Africa, Mexico, Canada, and Spain. Both familiar and lesser-known carols are included, framed by an up-beat theme song which is reprised at the end, incorporating holiday greetings in six languages. Narrations are provided to introduce each country and its associated carol, explaining the traditions and providing some background information on the region. Discover the origin of the Advent Calendar, the "Cavalcade of Kings" and other interesting Christmas traditions, and learn how different cultures and countries celebrate the holiday. A marvelous budget-stretcher, this book includes vocal/piano scores, reproducible vocal parts, narrations, and a Performance/Accompaniment CD.
Approximately 25-30 minutes in length, it is equally suitable for school or church use.