Who knew Aunt Judy had a voice like Olivia Newton-John? Wasn't it funny when the little ones refused to sing the word "Grandma" in the "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer" song, for fear of making Granny feel bad? Who is the worst singer in your family?
Will Uncle John belt out a melodramatic rendition of Elvis's "Blue Christmas" after a few glasses of eggnog? Christmas karaoke can be a hilarious pre-dinner or post-dinner activity to liven up this year's Christmas gathering.
To host a karaoke party at Christmas, you will need a karaoke system to play the songs, videos and scrolling words. Aim for an all-in-one that comes with all necessary cables and microphones. You may want to wrap it up and give it as a gift or you might want to have this item set up as guests arrive and keep it at your house to entertain guests year after year.
Set it up after dinner to stave off the food comas and keep the party going. For $100, you could buy the SDAT Professional Karaoke Machine with MP4 Playback and it plays karaoke songs on CD, mp3, DVD and CD G. Or for $117, you can get the Emerson GM955, which includes a 7-inch monitor and speakers, but also connects to separate units as well.
This all-in-one karaoke system also includes a special tone-control microphone and comes with features like echo and auto voice control. The Singing Machine STVG-718 CD+G Karaoke System is a very similar system for $150 that includes a camera too.
Lastly, The Song Station, recommended by People and Rolling Stone magazines, is one of the more impressive units to look at, boasting a tall stand which scrolls lyrics and equally tall detached speakers for superior sound quality. Ranging between $200 and $250, this machine comes with a number of special features, as well as 53,000 built-in songs, and is a must for anyone looking to host a karaoke party a few times a year.
Next, you'll need music for your Christmas karaoke festivities. Amazon and eBay are good places to look for discounted karaoke online, but specialty sites like Acekaraoke are also great resources. A good starter is the Music Maestro 5 CD G Christmas Club pack, which includes the scrolling lyrics and comes with 77 traditional tracks, including renditions of Elvis Presley, Andy Williams, Neil Diamond, the Eagles, Pat Boone, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks.
For the kids, the Singer's Dream series offers 6 karaoke DVDs or CD+Gs in a bundle with Christmas Holiday Hits, Pop Christmas Party, Christmas Classics, Christmas Memories, Kids Christmas Favorites and Kids Sing Christmas. Sound Choice Karaoke also offers an eight-pack of holiday favorites for everyone from Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion to Perry Como and Nat King Cole. Forever Hits Pro also offers a great one disc Christmas collection that includes Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.
Once you have the songs and the system, you are ready for your Christmas karaoke get together. You might want to make your karaoke fun into a game or contest by picking a few judges and awarding prizes. Or you can put names and numbers into a hat to create a karaoke singer line-up, with each person singing the number of the song they have picked.
By turning karaoke into a game, you can be sure everyone will get involved in the fun, adding extra encouragement for the reticent members of the family who may insist, "No, no, no, my voice is awful." Most systems come with more than one microphone input so the extremely shy can sing a duet. There is no better way to get the family into the Christmas spirit than by partaking in the age-old practice of caroling, yet with an updated karaoke twist!
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