Selected Christmas and Holiday Season Songs: ○White Christmas ○Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas ○Sleigh Ride ○The Christmas Song ○Let It Snow!, Let It Snow!, Let It Snow! ○Winter Wonderland ○Silver Bells ○Santa Claus Is Coming to Town ○Frosty the Snowman — This was my first feature on songs of the Holiday Season.
See also these feature pages on Holiday Season songs and other winter songs, created Dec 2009 – Dec 2011:
- White Christmas
- White Christmas: selected vocal harmony group recordings 1948-1965
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- The Christmas Song
- Johnny Marks: Master of the Christmas song
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
- I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Baby, It’s Cold Outside
- My Favorite Things
- Our Winter Love
- Some other popular holiday season songs + I Never Has Seen Snow
- Jingle Bells
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)
- Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano)
- Happy Holiday / Holiday Inn
- Jingle Bell Rock
- I Never Has Seen Snow
“Man of the worldly mind!” replied the Ghost, “do you believe in me or not?” “I do,” said Scrooge. “I must. But why do spirits walk the earth, and why do they come to me?” “It is required of every man,” the Ghost returned, “that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world — oh, woe is me! — and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!” — from A Christmas Carol, Stave 1, by Charles Dickens, 1843
A Christmas Carol (1971) is an Academy Award-winning animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ venerable 1843 novella. It was a made-for-television production originally broadcast on ABC in the United States. It is often considered one of the most faithful adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic.
A Christmas Carol was directed by Richard Williams and its visual style is also largely due to Ken Harris, credited as “Master Animator”. It starred Alastair Sim as the voice of Ebenezer Scrooge — a role Sim had previously performed in the 1951 live-action film Scrooge. Michael Hordern likewise reprised his 1951 performance as Marley’s Ghost in the same film. Michael Redgrave narrated the story and veteran animator Chuck Jones served as executive producer. Williams’ son Alexander Williams, then aged four, provided the voice for Tiny Tim.
This adaptation of A Christmas Carol has a distinctive look, created by multiple pans and zooms and by innovative, unexpected scene transitions. The visual style, which is unusually powerful, is inspired by 19th century engraved illustrations of the original story by John Leech and the pen and ink renderings by illustrator Milo Winter that graced 1930s editions of the book.
From A Charlie Brown Christmas (TV, 1965)
Christmas Time is Here (Vince Guaraldi / Lee Mendelson) From the animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) — performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and members of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, San Rafael, California
O Tannenbaum (traditional) anglicized as “O Christmas Tree” — performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio
From the Christmas play rehearsal scene, including the kids dancing to bits of Christmas is Coming, and Linus and Lucy (both Vince Guaraldi compositions), performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio