Christmas songs for children include "Must Be Santa," "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Many Christmas songs for children are characterized by silly lyrics, repetitive lists and a call-and-response format.
Mitch Miller recorded and released "Must Be Santa" in 1960. The song, performed in a call-and-response format, features a lead singer, or half of a group, asking a question that relates to a feature of Santa Claus. Another singer or group then delivers a response to the question. The song begins to form a list by repeating each previous feature while adding new ones.
"All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" is a novelty song written specifically for young children. The song centers around missing front teeth, and how the lack of them leads to humorous pronunciations of words. Donald Gardner, a second grade music teacher, wrote the song in 1944. Gardner asked his class what they wanted for Christmas; when they answered in lisped words, he noticed that each student was missing at least one front tooth. He promptly wrote the song in a mere 30 minutes; it was published in 1948 after a music company employee heard Gardner sing it at a music education conference.