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Christmas Songs


Christmas songs are as diverse and varied as the individuals that listen to them. The number of Christmas songs recorded over the years is staggering. More than any other holiday during the year, Christmas definitely has the most songs. As soon as thanksgiving is over, radio stations across the country start playing the Christmas classics along with new ones. You realize just how many Christmas songs there are, when you can listen to one radio station for days and not hear any repeated. As children, many of us can remember going door to door in the snow singing Christmas carols.

There are wonderful classic Christmas songs that many people grew up hearing and still listen to today because they are timeless. Here are some interesting facts you probably never knew about the top holiday songs:

* Both recorded in 1934 were the Christmas songs ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’.
* St Francis of Assisi was who introduced Christmas carols to the churches formal services.
* The most recorded Christmas song is ‘White Christmas’. There are over five hundred renderings of this song in many different languages. Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas is the biggest selling single of all time.
* ‘Sleigh Ride’ was an instrumental piece played in 1948 at the Symphony Hall in Boston. In 1949, Mitchell Parish added the lyrics.
* Three Christmas songs that were introduced in movies were ‘White Christmas’ in the motion picture Holiday Inn in 1942, ‘Silver Bells’ in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid in 1950 and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ from Meet Me in St. Louis in 1944.
* Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas songs in England from 1649 to 1660 because he though Christmas should be a solemn day.
* On Christmas Eve, at midnight in 1914, the Germans stopped firing from the trenches. The German brass band played Christmas songs. The allied soldiers and German soldiers shook hands early Christmas day and the truce lasted a couple of days. They sang Christmas songs, exchanged cigarettes as presents and even played soccer.

Every year we hear new Christmas songs along with the old ones that we love, no matter how often we hear them played. Driving along in the car or listening to them on the radio makes us reach over, turn the song up and sing along with them. We know the words when ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’, and ‘Silver Bells’ plays. Children today still sing these Christmas songs at their school concerts. On Christmas Eve, you hear beautiful Christmas songs such as ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘Joy to the World’. The wonderful thing about Christmas songs is that we never get tired of listening to them.

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