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Traditional European Christmas Music from Smithsonian Folkways

From a Polish state folk chorus to a classic French carol re-imagined by Pete Seeger, this playlist explores various forms of traditional European Christmas music. Compiled with the full breadth of Yuletide traditions in mind, it includes religious content drawn from European Christian beliefs as well as secular performances, such as traditional Irish reels recorded in the pubs of Cleveland. The contrasting moods reflected in the sounds of Christmas are also adequately represented, from the humble tone of reverent voices honoring the birth of Jesus to the joyous celebration of friends, family, and community.