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Christmas music: from sacred to big money makers

 

December 16, 2020

Bing Crosby, pictured here, first sang "White Christmas" on NBC radio, Christmas Day, 1941. Crosby's 1942 recording of "White Christmas" is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales of 50 million copies. Combined with recordings of the song by other artists, it's believed more than 100 million copies have sold. The song was composed by Irving Berlin in 1940.

Christmas music is as much a part of the holiday as baking cookies, giving presents and participating in family gatherings. Though this season will be different because of the pandemic and issues with get-togethers, Christmas music will still be important. Whether listening to tunes on the radio or a device, singing carols at church or attending holiday concerts, music will be a part of our Christmastime activities. I decided to educate myself a bit about Christmas music and share a few things I learned about sacred and popular Christmas songs.

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