May your days be merry and bright

We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.”

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors:


Video posted by congodfather. (I think the best bit is when the children’s choir joins in.)

Or, if you prefer, a 2008 cover by Jason:


Video posted by dare2dreamJC

The song was written for the Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire vehicle Holiday Inn and became an instant classic. Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the best selling record of all time, the single selling at least 50 million copies; when all the various covers are taken into account, the song is estimated to have sold over 150 million copies. This despite–or perhaps because of?–the fact that it’s not so much about Christmas itself as an ideal or dream of what a Christmas should be.

[NOTE: Since the Crosby’s single was released before singles charts were a thing, I’m going by the conclusions of the researchers at the Guiness Book of World Records.]

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A person can dream, can’t she?

It is warm here in the northeastern US. I mean, right now it’s nasty and pouring rain, but it was over 60°F in New York today, and it’s supposed to be over 70°F tomorrow. Which is ridiculous for December, of course, but then the following song’s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.”

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, in the movie in which it first appeared (Holiday Inn), sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears:


Video courtesy of Marius MC

Or, if you prefer, an acoustic cover of the same by the Castro family:


Video by Michael Castro
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How about a Christmas-y movie or two?

Or at least some songs from…

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft:


Video courtesy of Leroux Louisiana

 
And then there’s “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears:


Video courtesy of Marius MC

Or, if you prefer (and if you’re here, you may just), an acoustic cover of the same by the Castro family:


Video by Michael Castro

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!