Christmas is only a few days away! All of us at Nashville Band Room Repair hope you have a safe and happy Christmas with your loved ones- and that you take the next several days to get your fill of Christmas music. Whip up a hot cup of cocoa, throw on your coziest pajamas, and enjoy our little list of fun facts about Christmas Carols!
“Frosty the Snowman” and “Let it Snow” are widely known songs enjoyed at Christmastime, but did you know that the word “Christmas” isn’t mentioned at all in either of the songs’ lyrics?
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest selling Christmas song of all time is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” It was originally written by Irving Berlin for a Broadway show that never made it to the stage. In 1942 it was used in the film Holiday Inn, which starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
“O Holy Night” is popular song in church Christmas services today. However, when originally written in 1847, it was denounced by the church for its “lack of musical taste and total absence of the spirit of religion.”
“Jingle Bells” was originally titled “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was written as a Thanksgiving song. It was also the first song ever performed in space!
“Up on the Housetop” written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864 was the first Christmas song to mention Santa Claus.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was first sang by Judy Garland in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis.”
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, known for producing Christmas themed rock operas, is from New York City, not Siberia.
The first song ever broadcast on the radio was a Christmas Carol! In 1906 on Christmas Eve, “O Holy Night” was played on the violin by Reginald Fessenden and broadcasted in Massachusetts from his Brant Rock radio tower.
In 2006, the most popular cell phone ringtone was Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Jonny Marks, the creator of several Christmas classics (Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Run Rudolph Run, Silver and Gold, A Holly Jolly Christmas, and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree) didn’t actually celebrate the Christmas holiday as he was Jewish.
If you have some extra time on your hands during the Christmas break (between swilling eggnog and bingeing Hallmark Christmas movies) and want to go down the internet rabbit hole of Christmas Carol Fun Facts, we’ve made it easy to get started with the links below 😊