Homework: Join Our National Caroling Party Download our version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," then record your own. Send it in, and we may use it for our national caroling party.
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Homework: Join Our National Caroling Party

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Homework: Join Our National Caroling Party

Homework: Join Our National Caroling Party

Homework: Join Our National Caroling Party

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

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We want you to help us create the coolest Christmas caroling party ever. We need you to record your own performance of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and send it to us. Then we'll merge them together into one gigantic, nationwide caroling party!

Every instrument and every voice is welcome: kazoos from Kalamazoo, castanets from Corpus Christi, pump organ from Palo Alto, barbershop quartets from — wherever they do barbershop quartets. The more diverse, the better.

As for the recording of your masterwork, be creative! Use the microphone on your PC or on your video camera — any way to get the sound into your computer.

Now, we've got to get the tempo and the key right, so we've got a very simple version of the song for you to listen to on this page. At this tempo, a quarter note equals 120 (two beats per second), and the key is C major. Use only this tempo and key signature for your own version.

Then e-mail your recording to nprhomework@gmail.com. On Sunday, Dec. 21, we'll play as many versions as we can on All Things Considered.

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!