Best Christmas Music: 6 Fun Facts About Holiday Songs

It’s Christmas time. If you are anything like me, Christmas music does not just make an appearance after you have had your fill on Turkey day. You probably watch "Love Actually" whenever it comes on or you have a copy and watch it monthly. I don’t know your life and I am not judging, because I still know all of the lyrics to *NSYNC’s "Home For Christmas." I have compiled some fun and random Christmas music facts, both factual and subjective. If you don’t care about trivia, listen anyway, because Christmas music makes you happy.

So grab some hot chocolate, cider, mulled wine, or absolutely nothing and sit back and enjoy some holiday tunes.

1) What is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time?

 

Bing Crosby – "White Christmas," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. 

2) What Christmas staple should be really be sung at Easter?

 

Handel’s Messiah. Only the first part of the piece deals with the birth of Jesus and the very first performance was in Eastertide.

3) What is a typical Christmas song that doesn’t even mention Christmas or a holiday?

 

Frosty The Snowman. No mention of Christmas – anywhere and anytime there is snow, there is Frosty.

4) Random Question: What is one song that a cappella groups try to do for their winter concerts?

 

*NSYNC’s "O Holy Night." Is this fact 100% accurate? Maybe not. But I do know lots of groups attempt this song and it’s awesome.

5) What is one of the creepiest Christmas songs?

 

"Baby It’s Cold Outside." You know all of your friends have just managed to figure this out within the last year or so.

6) What song have you heard a bajillion times this season?

 

Mariah Carey – "All I Want For Christmas Is You." This song really never gets old.

Now some of this was real trivia, some is clearly not. Whether you wanted to learn something or not, the fuzzy feeling of Christmas music is a prize in and of itself. 

As a parting gift, enjoy one of my favorite Christmas songs – "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway.


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Tye Tavaras

A native of Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A. from Emory University in International Studies. A graduate of The American University in Cairo with an M.A. in International Human Rights Law. Recently graduated with a Juris Master Degree from Emory Law School focused on International Law and currently works in the field of international education.

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