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The True and Extremely Sad Story Behind the Famous Song “White Christmas”

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I’m dreaming of a White Christmas with every Christmas card I write…….

 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas sold over 50 million copies and went on to become the highest selling Christmas song in History. According to Guinness, it is also the best selling single of all time.

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 The song White Christmas was first sung by Bing Crosby over radio from the Kraft Music hall on 25th December 1941. His sad crooning and melancholic tone reflected the sentiment of the time. Pearl Harbor had just been bombed and USA was going to war.

But!! That wasn’t exactly why the song is considered sad. There is another sadder reason for the song and that is related to its composer and writer Irving Berlin.  Berlin happens to be the greatest composer and songwriter in American history in case you didn’t know. He was also Jewish and never really celebrated Christmas

This is why Irving Berlin composed the song

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 Irving Berlin’s three year old son died on Christmas day in 1928. Ever since the Baby’s death both Berlin and his wife would visit his grave on Christmas day.  The song was Berlin’s way of dealing with the sadness that gripped his heart. For him Christmas will never be the same again which is why all he can do is dream about it.

Berlin had actually written the song for a musical that was later used by the movie “Holiday Inn”. It eve won an Academy Award for best original song. The song was made more famous in the musical by the same name “White Christmas” Starring Bing Crosby himself.

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White Christmas was the favorite song of American troops fighting in WWII

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Crosby created music history when he sang the number over radio on 25th Dec 1941. Since then American troops around the world kept requesting the song as it reminded them of home. Crosby felt bad and emotional. He didn’t want to do it because it created too much of a nostalgic wanting in men. That’s what he felt, but he couldn’t help it he said as these guys just hollered for it.”

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas/with every Christmas card I write/May your days be merry and bright/And may all your Christmases be white”

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That was the sad story behind  White Christmas, a song which has cemented itself in musical history perhaps as one of the greatest songs of all time. It has been covered by every famous singer there is including the oldies like Elvis and Jim Reeves. But as surprising as it seems, although one can’t compare to the greats, Lady Gaga’s rendition is also counted among the best covers of White Christmas.

Lady Gaga – White Christmas (Live from ‘A Very Gaga Thanksgiving’)

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones i used to know Where the treetops glisten, And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card i write May your days be so very merry and bright And

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Written by Andrew Alpin

Andrew Kevin Alpin is a senior content specialist from Kolkata, India. With a passion for writing from a very young age, he has 8 years of experience in content writing behind him. Apart from being well versed in several niches, Andrew’s forte is social media stories, news, health, fitness, parenting, entertainment, literature, philosophy, travel and food. With a penchant for writing poetry, he has also published a collection of poems written over years titled “Thy will be Done”. Andrew’s interests include reading, music and collecting occult and spiritual books.

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