I’m still in denial that it’s the middle of December. As the preparations for Christmas and family/friend visits ramp up, I’ll be taking a breather from the blogging. Don’t worry loyal audience (mom), I’ll be back in the new year. In the meantime, here are some fun facts about your favourite Christmas songs that you can stump your eggnog induced friends with over the holidays – cheers.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Did you know that Brenda Lee was just 13-years-old when she recorded this jam? But what’s even more crazy, songwriter Johnny Marks, also wrote a few other Christmas classics you’ve most likely heard like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Holly Jolly Christmas. And even though Marks made millions in royalties from his songs, he’s apparently less than jolly about it. Learn more here.
Jingle Bells was the first Christmas song played in space. In 1965, two astronauts on their way back to orbit radioed Mission Control that they had spotted something in space they couldn’t identify. After a few minutes of silence, the sounds of sleigh bells and a harmonica rendition of Jingle Bells could be heard over the radio.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, this little gem was written to honour soldiers deployed overseas who longed to be home for Christmas. The BBC banned the song from broadcast, because they thought the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.
Jingle Bell Rock
The B-side of this popular Bobby Helms single is a song called Captain Santa Claus (and his reindeer space patrol). Take a listen.
Little Drummer Boy
Perhaps one of the most infamous Christmas songs of all time, The Little Drummer Boy has been covered more than 220 times by various artists. Check out this hilarious cover by Arcade Fire on an episode of Zack Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns: