Bing Crobsy’s Merry Christmas album, provided the soundtrack of my childhood Christmas rituals. We decorated the tree and exchanged presents to the sound of Bing crooning White Christmas, Christmas in Killerney and Mele Kalikimaka –the Hawaiian Christmas Song
Until today, I was unaware of how the song achieved its iconic place in American culture and consciousness.
This iconic Christmas song had been written by Jewish
American songwriter Irving Berlin . Berlin is reported to have told his
secretary: “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best
song I’ve ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that
anybody’s ever written!”
If you have a hankering for Christmas nostalgia watch Bing sing the song and use his pipe to make chimes ring from Christmas tree decorations— I forgot about that scene….
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays.