Christmas Songs: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town is a Christmas song written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. The earliest known version of the song dates back to 1934 and became an instant hit. This recording was by Harry Reser and his band. “Cantor’s original performance, broadcast at the height of the Great Depression, included Read More

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride leads one to things of curling up together in a sleigh to trapeze through the snow. The song was composed by Leroy Anderson as a light orchestra standard. The original idea came to him during a heat wave in June 1946. He worked on the song for over a year before finishing in Read More

We wish you a merry little Christmas

We wish you a merry little Christmas is a popular English carol from the West Country or south west area of England. The early history of the carol is unknown and not found in 19th and 20th Century book of carols.  However historians describe the song as “English traditional” and “the remnant of an envoie Read More

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls is a traditional Christmas, yuletide, and New Years’ carol.  The melody is Welsh dating back to the sixteenth century. It belongs to a winter carol, “Nos Galan”, which means New Years celebration or gift. The tune is an old Welsh air, which was first found in a musical manuscript by Welsh harpist Read More

Sussex Carol

The Sussex Carol is a popular Christmas Carol in the United Kingdom.  The song is often known by its first line “On Christmas night all Christians sing“. Luke Wadding, a 17th Century Irish Bishop, first published the song in the 1684 Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs. It is unclear and unknown whether Wadding Read More

The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy is a traditional British folk Christmas carol. The song was published during the early 19th Century. William Hone mentioned the work in his 1823  Ancient Mysteries Described. Holly is found throughout Europe and commonly referenced at Christmastime, often as Christ’s thorn. Since medieval times the plant has been a symbol Read More

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For is an Irvin Berlin classic. He wrote the son for the 1942 film “Holiday Inn“. The movie stared Bing Crosby, whose version of this song is best known. In the film, Crosby’s character, Jim, is depressed and lonely after losing his sweetheart. Asked to write a song for Read More

Last Christmas

Last Christmas was written by George Michael and released in 1984. Michael’s wrote it when he and his Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley were visiting his parents. He wrote it in his bedroom.  Michael wrote, performed and produced every single instrument on the track. The song was a commercial success in the U.K. and reached #1 Read More

Mele Kalikimaka

Bing Crosby popularized the song Mele Kalikimaka. In 1949, Robert Alex Anderson wrote the Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka. Anderson wrote many popular Hawaiian songs including Lovely Hula Hands. The phrase Mele Kalikimaka means “Merry Christmas” in Hawaiian. In 1950, Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters recorded the song. It has since been covered by many Read More

The Wassail Songs

Here We Come A-wassailing is a traditional English Christmas Carol and New Year song. The song is believed to have been composed around 1850.  The song was very popular in the Victorian Era. In old English the world wassaling means to sing carols door to door wishing good health. Wassailing was an ancient rite that Read More