On this day in history, December 25, 1941, Bing Crosby performs ‘White Christmas’ for the first time

Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25.

The holiday also includes gift-giving, music, communal meals, festive films and much more.

Christmas music is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the holiday spirit – from “Jingle Bells” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to “White Christmas.”

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And on this day in history, December 25, 1941, crooner Bing Crosby performed “White Christmas” for the first time.

The great songwriter Irving Berlin – considered the most prolific songwriter of the 20th century – penned the classic song.

Crosby, then aged 38, was the first to perform it.

American actor and singer Bing Crosby performed

American actor and singer Bing Crosby performed “White Christmas” for the first time on December 25, 1941.
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Crosby performed the song on NBC’s “Kraft Music Hall” radio show for which he was master of ceremonies, according to Britannica.

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The radio show was recorded live, making it the first official recorded performance of the holiday song.

Crosby in a scene in Paramount's Irving Berlin musical,

Crosby in a scene in Paramount’s Irving Berlin musical, “White Christmas.”
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This recording became one of the most popular songs of the century, surpassed only in record sales by “Silent Night”, according to Britannica.

The carol paints a picture of a seemingly perfect Christmas holiday – one full of sleigh bells, happy times and – of course – lots of snow.

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“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas/Just like the ones I used to know” opens the iconic song.

Crosby was hosting a radio show when he first performed the iconic song.

Crosby was hosting a radio show when he first performed the iconic song.
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Crosby officially recorded the song in 1942 where it became an instant No. 1 pop hit, according to History.com.

Jody Rosen, an author of the 2002 book “White Christmas: The Story of an American Song,” told National Public Radio that the song is actually very melancholy.

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“I think that’s one of the reasons people keep responding to it is because our feelings about the holiday season are ambivalent,” she told NPR.

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“White Christmas” is one of the most recorded Christmas songs ever.

Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Michael Bublé and Taylor Swift have all sung covers of it.

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