Selected holiday season songs, index

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My first feature page on songs of the holiday season was the following, published in December 2009:

Selected Christmas and holiday season songs, which includes the 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

Other feature pages on Christmas, holiday season, and winter songs, created Dec 2009 – Dec 2011:

    • 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

See also:

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Top 25 most performed ASCAP holiday songs of the decade 2000-2009 (external link)

1. Winter Wonderland
Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Performed by: Eurythmics
2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Performed by: Nat “King” Cole
3. Sleigh Ride
Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Performed by: The Ronettes
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Performed by: The Pretenders
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by: Bruce Springsteen
6. White Christmas
Written by: Irving Berlin
Performed by: Bing Crosby
7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Performed by: Michael Bublé
8. Jingle Bell Rock
Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Performed by: Daryl Hall & John Oates
9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Gene Autry
10. Little Drummer Boy
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra
11. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
Performed by: Andy Williams
12. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Performed by: Josh Groban
13. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Brenda Lee
14. Silver Bells
Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by: Anne Murray
15. Feliz Navidad
Written by: José Feliciano
Performed by: José Feliciano
16. Frosty The Snowman
Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Performed by: The Beach Boys
17. A Holly Jolly Christmas
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Burl Ives
18. Blue Christmas
Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
Performed by: Elvis Presley
19. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Written by: Meredith Willson
Performed by: Johnny Mathis
20. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
Performed by: John Mellencamp
21. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
Performed by: Gene Autry
22. (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by: Perry Como
23. Carol Of The Bells
Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
Performed by: David Foster (instrumental version)
24. Wonderful Christmastime
Written by: Paul McCartney (PRS)
Performed by: Paul McCartney
25. Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World)
Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
Performed by: Band Aid

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“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 (Animated film)

Excerpts from the Wikipedia article:

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.

Production
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.[1]

Visual style
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.[2]

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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

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Snowfall (anim) window with Christmas tree 1

O Tannenbaum (traditional) anglicized as “O Christmas Tree” — performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

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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

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winter home, with snow and fence (night)

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bob
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 09:38:50

    I just found your blog and — not to sound too corny — what a great Xmas present! I will be a regular visitor and I expect to spend a lot of time going through the archives.

    I am a great Bing Crosby fan — and most of the music I enjoy is 30s vintage (though there are some artists through the 60s — like Dean Martin — that I appreciate). I am so happy to have found this — thanks!

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  2. doc
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 00:25:10

    Bob,

    Unfortunately, I don’t have indexes yet which would give you links to all the posts and pages on the site within which you might find recordings by a selected artist. Tag searching is not a good option for this site either, since the majority of my features are in untagged pages. If you want to find additional recordings by Bing Crosby not found in the three above features, I suggest a keyword search on the name, within quotes (“Bing Crosby”), or keyword searches of the name plus individual titles (“Bing Crosby” + “White Christmas”).

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  3. tam francis
    Nov 30, 2013 @ 17:03:44

    Great list. here’s one of my faves. I Iove your site! So much good stuff. I can spend days on here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc1KdI2wdJE

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    • doc
      Nov 30, 2013 @ 18:54:28

      Thanks, tam

      I wasn’t aware of that song. Found that “What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everbody Swingin’)?” was recorded by Louis Prima & his New Orleans Gang on 16 November 1936. It was issued as the B-side of “Pennies From Heaven” on Vocalion 3376.

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  4. doc
    Dec 28, 2015 @ 12:19:13

    Lonely Christmas (Ron Beatty)

    The Eschelons
    — issued in 1961 on the SET-CO label, c/w “This Broken Heart”

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