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America’s Greatest Christmas Classic
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/25/2012 5:25:40 AM

America’s classic Christmas song was written by a Jewish immigrant. Born in Russia with the name Israel Baline, he was the genius songwriter we know as Irving Berlin. He wrote “White Christmas” for the 1942 Hollywood musical Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. On set, the movie’s hit number was presumed to be another Berlin composition, the Valentine’s Day song “Be Careful, It’s My Heart.” At first, it was. Then “White Christmas” captured the public’s imagination, and it hasn’t quite loosed its grip since.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Former lurker, 12/25/2012 6:13:38 AM     (No. 9082768)

Nice! Merry Christmas L-Dotters!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 12/25/2012 7:47:13 AM     (No. 9082819)

Reckon he wished he´d chosen a different pseudonym by the time WWII started.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cym rhondda, 12/25/2012 12:48:11 PM     (No. 9083106)

Irving Berlin, history will record that he was the embodiment of the most popular form of American music to sweep the world.

Thank God for men who exercised their talents for the cause of a great nation.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bobgray2, 12/25/2012 12:49:26 PM     (No. 9083109)

Holiday Inn was good, but I liked the 1954 remake White Christmas with Danny Kaye better. It was a little more polished.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 12/25/2012 1:11:02 PM     (No. 9083126)

It is interesting to note that Berlin, though a Jew, was not offended by Christmas as non-Christians are supposed to be today.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Japanorama, 12/25/2012 4:28:07 PM     (No. 9083305)

Not Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer?

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