It will be night 7 of Hanukkah this evening. It seems the vast majority of newer songs for the Festival of Light are written for children. Most come in two broad categories. First are instructional songs meant to explain the celebration’s meaning, origins, and customs. The second are novelty songs meant to be catchy alternatives to the one holiday song that is used over and over in public holiday observances, school programs, and gets regular air play on holiday radio channels—Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel. The songs also come with colorful videos and are often targeted to specific age groups.
The Kiboomers have been creating:
…songs to help teachers achieve success in the Preschool, Kindergarten and ESL classroom! We create kids songs to help teachers with transitions, holding children's attention, as a change of pace, helping children remember, reducing stress, and having fun.
For over 20 years they have created hundreds of bouncy, cheerful, colorful songs, and videos which they have posted on their own YouTube channel and which can be ordered as downloadable albums from their web site. Their holiday music is equal opportunity. They have a Christmas Album and songs that celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other holidays.
Hanukkah Songs for Kids includes 11 short tunes, most of them in the klezmer style of today’s selection, Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah.