This piece will get you ready to saddle up for the Christmas rush. Two familiar tunes, "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," are set with a fun, western flair. "Silent Night" features the use of portamento as a special effect, bringing the cowboy swagger to your string orchestra. The excitement picks up with a faster tempo and upbeat rhythms for the hoedown treatment of "Joy to the World." Once your students play this one they will want to sit by the fireplace and swap their favorite Christmas stories! (Correlates with Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, Book 2, level 2).