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White Christmas

History of Christmas Carols


Title: "White Christmas"

Author: Thw words and melody of this Christmas ballad was written by Irving Berlin in 1940. The said song was used in a movie starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds titled "Holiday Inn." "White Christmas" actually made its debut via Bing Crosby in 1941 on the NBC radio show "Kraft Music Hall." Crosby then recorded the song for Decca in May 1942 and by August of the same year, "Holiday Inn" was released. The song became a huge hit and by the end of October 1942, was on top of the charts. It alao received an Oscar for Best Song in 1942.

Interesting Fact: Following the success of "White Christmas" came a movie in 1954 with the same title starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. "White Christmas" remains one of the most popular and best-selling Christmas songs ever written. Many versions of this song has since been recorded, but Crosby's rendition remains a favorite.

Lyrics (Excerpt):
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
with every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be white

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