We know them, we sing them, we love them – it’s not Christmas if every shop and cafe you go into is not playing a true Christmas classic! That said, here are a few facts about some of our favourite Christmas songs that you might not have known…
Mariah Carey reluctantly wrote All I Want For Christmas Is You in under 15 minutes
You might think that the biggest Christmas single of all time would have taken a crazy amount of time to write…but nope! Carey co-wrote the whole song with Walter Afanasieff in 15 minutes. Ironically, she initially did not even want to record a Christmas album at all, as in 1994, it was only older and forgotten artists who released Christmas singles. Bet she’s glad she changed her mind on that one!
Let It Snow was written during a heatwave and NEVER mentions Christmas
The song was written in July 1945 and was purely an escape from one of California’s worst heatwaves ever and never intended to be a Christmas single… If you listen closely to the lyrics, you can tell that they are purely fantasizing about snowy, cold winters. I’m sure all of us here in Malta can relate…
If you thought the lyrics to White Christmas are pretty sad, wait till you hear the backstory…
White Christmas is one of those rare slow Christmas songs, filled with emotion that we enjoy as a well-deserved break from all the cheeriness of other songs. Its composer, Irving Berlin, sadly lost his 3-week old son on Christmas day in 1928, and every Christmas after, he and his wife would visit their son’s grave, so the song may be a nostalgic dedication to Christmases before he lost his son *brb, grabbing a tissue*
Jingle Bells was the first song to ever be played in space!
In December 1965, the astronauts aboard Gemini 6, played a prank on everybody and said they had identified an unidentified flying object in space. Whilst everyone at Mission Control was trying to comprehend what it could be, with a harmonica and sleigh bells in hand, the astronauts performed a rendition of Jingle Bells. Legends!
Silent Night inspired a Christmas truce in World War 1
Whilst still largely disputed, in 1914, many English and German troops, reportedly broke off the war for Christmas day. It is said that both sides sang the popular Christmas carol, Silent Night, which then initiated the one-day truce. The power of Christmas!
I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus, Santa Baby and Baby, Baby It’s Cold Outside were, and are still to this day, pretty controversial
At the time they were released most Christmas songs were cheery, child-like, and harmless; however, these three songs all came with some fierce debates about their meaning and possible undertones. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus and Santa Baby were both initially banned and Baby It’s Cold Outside is banned on some radio stations today.
Let us know which facts surprised you most in the comments and we wish you all the best!
You can listen to these Christmas classics and a whole lot more over the holidays at our very own Bay Radio https://bay.com.mt/xmas/