Today's entry in The Watchers' Advent Calendar- Day 17, can you believe it?- is an enduring holiday classic.
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One of the funniest things I've ever heard was related to this song. At a bus-stop, with snow pelting down and full-scale traffic disruption imminent, a middle-aged man turned to his wife and said 'When Bing Crosby sang about a white Christmas, he didn't mention grit or slush or no bread in the shops'.
Whatever you may think of the song, there's a reason it's become so enduring; whether that's Bing's soft voice or the brilliance of Irving Berlin, take your pick. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.
Interestingly, the song was first heard in Holiday Inn (1942)- which the following video is taken from (the lady singing with him is Marjorie Reynolds who played Linda Mason) before becoming the centrepiece to White Christmas (1954), twelve years later.
Come back tomorrow for some advice about what to watch over the upcoming festive period (for folks in the UK only)