“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

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