I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Simply reading the words makes Bing Crosby’s crooning voice pop into your head, doesn’t it? You’re not alone. Christmas music binds us together the way very few, if any, other musical genres do, crossing generations and transcending economic, cultural & political differences. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” arguably the most beloved holiday song of all time, sounds exactly the same to our children as it did when our parents or grandparents listened to it in the 1940’s on the Armed Forces Network. Today you may hear it on Pandora or XM or your iPod, but no matter who you are, it is impossible not to sing along.
Christmas music evokes childhood memories of Christmas morning, family celebrations, elaborate meals, and magical stories of a baby in a manger inexplicably tied to a jolly old man at the North Pole. And while we all have different experiences and memories, the music brings us all together in joy and celebration. When the Christmas tree lights go on and the snowflakes start to fall, we start to sing. We can’t help it.
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright,
And may all your Christmases be white.”