This map lets you hear all the world’s distinct holiday sounds in one convenient place.
Wherever you are on the eve of the holidays, you are probably being bombarded with the same Christmas songs you’ve heard year in and year out since you became musically conscious. So why not transcend local traditions and instead traverse the world’s rich variety of holiday sounds with this awesome holiday music map from Smithsonian Folkways. It features 56 holiday song clips from 24 different countries. You can listen to Kwanzaa music from Chicago, traditional Hannukah songs from Israel, Filipino Christmas music and more. For something more “continental”, there is also a beautiful 1956 recording of “O Tannenbaum” from Germany.