What it Means to Have a White Christmas

What it Means to Have a White Christmas

As the days steadily march towards Christmas weathermen and prognosticators take center stage to predict — or not — a “white Christmas”. In Ohio they are saying the 2nd half of December will be too warm for much of a chance of snow on the ground come Christmas Day. In Detroit they are saying there is a very good chance at having an inch of snow on ground. And in Minnesota they say the pattern of mild weather will likely change before Christmas. Not to put pressure on these people but we need to be clear what exactly a “WhiteRead more

When Elvis Butchered White Christmas

When Elvis Butchered White Christmas

White Christmas remains, more nearly 75 years since it was written, the most popular Christmas single of all time. Bing Crosby immortalized it with two recordings and a film. And an entire generation embraced it as not only a Christmas song but also an anthem of home and family. White Christmas has been recorded by literally hundreds of artists — many to critical acclaim, such as Tony Bennett and Dean Martin. Others have failed to do justice to the song. But there stands one who is accused of making a mockery of the song: Elvis Presley. Presley recorded White ChristmasRead more

The Legendary Bing Crosby

The Legendary Bing Crosby

He was born the middle of seven children in the great American northwest. His father was an English-American bookkeeper and his mother a second-generation Irish American, making young Harry about as American as apple pie. The rest of his story is classically American as well as he grew to become one of the grandest figures in Christmas history, touching a variety of American industries to become the first multimedia superstar. Harry was born in an era predating airplanes, radios and automobiles. By the time he would pass from this world he mastered the emerging technologies of the 20th century toRead more

The History of White Christmas

The History of White Christmas

He knew the song was good. Using just 54 words and 67 notes Irving Berlin composed White Christmas over the holiday season of 1940. He liked it so much he told a secretary “I’ve just written a new song. Not only is the best song I’ve ever written, it’s the best song anybody’s ever written.” That was a pretty bold statement for a man who actually could not read a note of music himself or who never experienced Christmas as a child. After all, he was a Jewish-American composer, the son of immigrants whose own holidays as a youth wereRead more

White Christmas Predicted Widely in 2015

White Christmas Predicted Widely in 2015

Weather prognosticators who can see into the future say the winter of 2015 in the US and Canada will be epic — with a white Christmas for everyone. The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which hits bookshelves and supermarket check out counters in about a week, says that anywhere that gets snow this year can count on having a white Christmas: Look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid-Read more

Movie Review: White Christmas

Movie Review: White Christmas

By Danny Gould Writing movie reviews 65-years after a movie has been released and become a classic isn’t fair. How do you diss a classic? But let’s be honest. White Christmas might today be considered a classic and it might be beloved and re-watched season after season but let’s just agree upfront that it does not go to the head of the line for movie-making. It is what it is. Fun. Schmaltzy. Hopelessly romantic. Even Christmasy. BUT…. …it’s thin on plot, hastily put together, not really well acted and, as far as musicals of the era go, it does notRead more