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Our Second Annual National Caroling Party

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Our Second Annual National Caroling Party

Our Second Annual National Caroling Party

Our Second Annual National Caroling Party

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Weekend All Things Considered asked musicians from all over the country to send in their home recordings of the Christmas carol "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Then we merged all the submissions — from the professional and the amateur — into one big, joyful chorus.

But there were some selections we just had to single out. Take a moment to enjoy these versions, and thanks to everyone who sang, played, hummed or honked!

Ken Moore And His Wii Theremin

Ken Moore And His Wii Theremin

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It's not Christmas without a theremin — or at least, maybe not for Ken Moore, who sent us his version of the song using a homemade replica of the eerie, electronic instrument (watch him play the song on his blog).


The Flying Mangos

The Flying Mangos

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The Flying Mangos describe themselves as the "greatest latin-ska fusion band ever to play Pam Graboyes' basement."


The Millennium Singers

Nose Humming From The Millennium Singers

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Nose humming. We'll let these students from Leonardo da Vinci Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., take it from there.


Patsy Monteleone

Patsy Monteleone Accompanies Himself On Ukulele

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Here's a nice version of voice and ukulele from Patsy Monteleone.


Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School

Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School

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The 570 children of Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School spent a week recording this version — class by class. Music teacher John Webber took on the heroic job of rehearsing, recording and mixing.