“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.
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.