“Silent Night” – the origin and evolving words of the famous Christmas carol…

In 1818, during the annual Christmas Midnight Mass at the St. Nicholas Church at Oberndorf, Austria, the song we know as “Silent Night! Holy Night!” (or just “Silent Night”) was performed in public for the first time. Most sources say this happened on Christmas Eve, the night of December 24, 1818, though some say it … Read more

I’m dreaming of a white, gay, green, brown or red Christmas…

THE FAMOUS CHRISTMAS SONG: “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 … Read more

“Let It Snow!” – the Christmas song that isn’t…

  Every year at Christmas time, when I hear someone sing or say “Let It Snow!” I am reminded of what I learned when I looked into the song that popularized that phrase. It was launched into our holiday lexicon in December 1945, when singer and big band leader Vaughn Monroe released the first recording … Read more

The American Christmas classic by a Russian-born Jewish songwriter that ended the Vietnam War…

I like odd facts and there are a number of them about the song “White Christmas.” First off, this American Christmas classic was written by the Russian-born Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin (who also wrote the classic American anthem “God Bless America”). Berlin’s original name was Israel Baline. His family emigrated to America in 1893 to … Read more