Give yourself an early gift this year and start working on some new Christmas music long before you flip the calendar to December

Christmas creep is a real thing. Santa Claus decorations and Christmas ornaments find their way onto store shelves earlier and earlier each year, while holiday tunes fill the air before we even turn the calendar to November. But Christmas creep can be a good thing—even a necessity—in a harpist’s life. December is often our busiest gig month of the year, and the music we are asked to play falls outside of our regular gig book. If we aren’t careful, that first holiday gig can take us by surprise and send us scrambling to find enough Christmas tunes to fill a two-hour party gig.

So let Christmas creep earlier into your calendar this year. Learning some new Christmas tunes and revisiting those always-slightly-unfamiliar holiday arrangements now will help you enjoy the yuletide season this year. We asked some professional harpists what music they recommend learning now so that you are ready to spread Christmas cheer come December. (Scroll to end for the complete list.)

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