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What Do You Celebrate?

by Red Yarn

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What do you celebrate? When the air is cold and the sky is gray? What do you celebrate? On the longest nights and the shortest days? What do you celebrate? Maybe Christmas Eve and Christmas Day What do you celebrate? The story of a newborn babe Growing up in Austin, I thought Christmastime was extra fun My family knew how to get us lost In a winter flurry in the Texas sun Live nativity at our downtown church Tea-rings to show our Swedish pride Singing carols in Fort Worth With Gamma's cabbage on the side What do you celebrate? When your family gathers 'round the hearth? What do you celebrate? To warm your body and fill your heart? (Hey Mils!) What do you celebrate? A miracle of love and light What do you celebrate? Hanukkah for eight whole nights. In the kitchen, hear the sizzle Of taters, onions on the griddle Frying latkes with my mum Can I eat ‘em all? Oh yeah, yum yum! Brooklyn party at the big menorah Where the Casio keyboard plays the hora Lift me up in the cherry picker Light the candles, watch ‘em flicker There're countless happy holidays In the months of winter weather Each culture has a special way To lead us through the dark We don't have to be the same To celebrate together So light the lights, burn your candles bright And share your shining spark What do you celebrate? What do you celebrate? (Hey Culture Queen!) What do you celebrate? We celebrate Kwanzaa for seven days What do you celebrate? We honor our culture in many ways With my fam in Maryland (yeah!) Kwanzaa's where the party was at We lit the candles of red, green and black On the table where the Kinara sat Seven principles to explore We did the Kwanzaa Slide on the dancin' floor Friends and family came from everywhere To show how much they love and care There're countless happy holidays In the months of winter weather Each culture has a special way To lead us through the dark We don't have to be the same To celebrate together So light the lights, burn your candles bright And share your shining spark (Hey Lucy!) What do you celebrate? Juntos we prepare la cena What do you celebrate? Pasteles for la Nochebuena What do you celebrate? (Joe Kye, let's hear you!) Seollal is Korean New Year What do you celebrate? When we party with family, spreading good cheer What do you celebrate? (Little Miss Ann!) Pretty stars that line the Filipino streets What do you celebrate? They're called Parols and they're holiday treats What do you celebrate? (Come on, Cindy!) Drinking wassail by candlelight What do you celebrate? Beauty can be found in the darkest night (Andrés!) What do you celebrate? Ya llega la Navidad (Christmas is coming) What do you celebrate? La Novena a rezar (The "Novena" we'll say) What do you celebrate? (How about you, Dean Jones?) Who me? Boxing Day, eh? What do you celebrate? All the happy holidays!
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It's a family Christmas All the family's here It's a family Christmas With all my near and dears Another family Christmas Another cup of cheer It's a family Christmas And all the family's here It's a family Christmas The kids are playing outside My aunt is telling old stories My dad just laughed till he cried My mom is making a recipe From her momma's side It's a family Christmas It's love personified Today I'm missing my grandma And all the songs she sang Old fingers on the piano Playing through the pain And we're toasting my grandpa The way he said the prayer It's a family Christmas And they're all right here It's a family Christmas Another family Christmas It's a family Christmas Presents under the tree I hid one for my cousin And spotted one for me It doesn't matter what's in there It's the love that counts Cuz it's a family Christmas There's love in every ounce My uncle couldn't make it And I don't know why I tried to ask my momma But it just made her cry He'd always sing my favorite "Great Balls of Fire" It's a family Christmas I hear his voice in the choir It's a family Christmas All the family's here It's a family Christmas With all my near and dears Another family Christmas Another cup of cheer It's a family Christmas And all the family's here For my family it's Christmas But what about for yours? Is there a day that feels different When all the feelings stir? A holiday tradition Full of joy & mirth? For my family it's Christmas What about for yours? What's your family's Christmas? What's your family's Christmas? What's your family's Christmas? Whatever your traditions I wish your family the best

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Red Yarn is excited to release two new holiday singles this season! "What Do You Celebrate?" is an inclusive, multicultural holiday singalong featuring a bunch of family music friends sharing about their own special winter traditions. "Family Christmas" is a mellower track inspired by the large family gatherings of Red Yarn's childhood. We hope your family will add these songs to your holiday traditions, whatever they may be!

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released November 25, 2022

Produced by Dean Jones at No Parking Studio.
Engineered by Dean Jones, Adam Selzer, Kariz Marcel & more.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.

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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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