“Silver Bells” was composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released in October 1950.
“Silver Bells” started out as the questionable “Tinkle Bells.” Ray Evans said, “We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his wife said, ‘Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'”
This song was inspired by a tiny bell Livingston and Evans had on their work desk.
“The Little Drummer Boy” was originally called, “Carol of the Drum”) was written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singer and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.
The song was originally titled “Carol of the Drum” and was published by Davis as based upon a traditional Czech carol.
Home for the Holidays” is a popular song, commonly associated with the Christmas season although the lyrics are also applicable for Thanksgiving.
The music was written by Robert Allen, the lyrics by Al Stillman. The song was published in 1954.
The best-known recordings were made by Perry Como, who recorded the song twice. The first recording, done on November 16, 1954, was released as a single for Christmas, 1954, by RCA.Another classic by Perry Como is, “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!”
“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.
Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.
“Winter Wonderland” was written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith. Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.
Dick Smith, from Pennsylvania,wrote he song after seeing Honesdale’s Central Park covered in snow. Smith had written the lyrics while he was in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis.The West Mountain Sanitarium is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.