Christmas Carol Countdown: December 30: White Christmas

“White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, The recording made by Bing Crosby of this song is THE best-selling single of all time. It has sold roughly 50 MILLION copies worldwide. We don’t exactly know when or where Berlin wrote the song. a theory of the time and place Berlin wrote the song is that it was written 1940, next to the pool at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. They say he called his secretary in the night saying, “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I’ve ever written — Nix that, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!” And what he said may be true.

The first public performance was by Bing Crosby on the radio show Kraft Music Hall on christmas day in 1941. this, however, was not the recording that became #1. The recording that eventually became the one that was famous was for the movie Holiday Inn with John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in 1942. The only thing Bing said after hearing it played by Irving Berlin was, “I don’t think we have any problems with that one, Irving.” And for the most part it became just another song. But in October, four months after the movie was released it started to soar in popularity. In 1947 the Bing and the others came back in to Decca Records to create a new version since the old one became damaged. It was mostly the same but there were slight differences. Soon it came up and climbed higher. Crosby though it just the song itself, and not him and the other singers, which made it a success saying, “a jackdaw [a bird that has a terrible call and annoying song.]… could have sung it successfully.”

Tomorrow is new years eve. The final day of the year, December and the countdown. Soo practice yer Scottish.

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

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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