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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days of Christmas - Lee Mckenzie

“White Christmas” with Lee McKenzie

The Pacific Northwest is well known for its green Christmases, and a green Christmas is one of the things I most love about living here. So it may sound a little strange that “White Christmas” is my favorite Christmas song, because I’m definitely not dreaming of one!

So why is it my favorite song? Let’s start with a little history. “White Christmas” was written by Irving Berlin and first performed by Bing Crosby on Christmas Day in 1941, and then in 1942 the song was featured in the film Holiday Inn and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

“White Christmas” has been recorded by dozens of artists—Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Dean Martin, Barbara Steisand, The Partridge Family, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, and the cast members of Glee—to name just a few.

But it’s the 1954 version of the song in the film White Christmas that’s always been my favorite. I can’t remember the first time I saw this film, and I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve watched it. Suffice to say…lots! I love Christmas and I love romantic comedies, and the two are perfectly paired in holiday classic. There’s a real innocence to the production with its heartwarming story, engaging song and dance numbers, the oh-so-fake sets, and the gorgeous costumes. I especially love the stunning black gown worn by Rosemary Clooney when she performs “Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me.”

Every year after I finish decorating the house and wrapping the gifts and planning the meals, I dig out my old VHS copy of White Christmas and curl up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and huge bowl of popcorn.

As the closing number begins, with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen in their red and white outfits performing “White Christmas,” then and only then does it truly feel like Christmas at my house. And when that curtain goes up behind them to reveal the falling snow, I have all the white Christmas I need!

Thank you to Kate for inviting me to join in your 12 Days event. 
Merry Christmas!

Lee McKenzie writes lighthearted contemporary romance that’s been described as fifty shades of pink. Today she’s giving away a copy of The Christmas Secret (Harlequin American Romance) to one commenter. The second book in this series, The Daddy Project is on sale now. For more about Lee and her books, readers can visit her at www.LeeMcKenzie.com.


Lisa McManus Lange said...

Great post, Lee - and great blog, Kate!

I, myself, am dreaming of a white christmas...and from the sounds of it, we might just get it!

All the best to you both!

Lisa McManus Lange

Lee McKenzie said...

Merry Christmas, Lisa! I'm counting on green, otherwise my family might not make it home :-(

Celia Lewis said...

Lovely memory, Lee. I always loved that version as well. And who needs snow in the Lower Mainland, eh? Don't look now, but there's a bit of white stuff on the grass & roofs! I really enjoy playing Christmas songs through the holidays, humming and singing along, 'conducting' the music as well! Merry Christmas and have a wonderful family time together.

Lee McKenzie said...

Celia, I'm sure you're an awesome conductor!

No snow where I live, and I'm hoping it stays that way :)

bn100 said...

Nice memories.


Lee McKenzie said...

Yes BN...the holidays are all about making memories!

Anonymous said...

I like to dream about a White Christmas but after growing up in a place where we had 4 to 5 months of snow on the ground... Much better to curl up on the sofa with all the snow happening in a favourite Christmas show.

Lee McKenzie said...

Jacqui, you're a kindred spirit! On-screen snow is my favorite kind!