The Boosterthon team loves music (we get requests for our Fun Run soundtrack all the time) and we love to teach (some of the most fun we have is teaching character lessons). So we thought we’d teach you a few fun facts about the holiday music you’re singing with your family, then you can teach them.
Did you know . . .
- The first song to mention Santa Clause (though referred to as St. Nick) was “Up on the Housetop,” written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864.
- In Australia, you’ll hear a different version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” where all of the gifts are replaced with wildlife from down under.
- “Frosty the Snowman” never actually mentions Christmas or any other holiday.
- Played in 1906,“O Holy Night” was the second piece of music ever to be broadcasted on the radio.
- “Jingle Bells” was the first song to be performed in space. In 1965, astronauts Walter “Wally” Schirra Jr. and Thomas P. Stafford joked to mission control that they saw a UFO with eight small modules in front and a captain wearing a red suit. Then they broke into song and performed “Jingle Bells” on a harmonica.
- The original lyrics for “Silver Bells” was actually “Tinkle Bells,” inspired by a tiny bell on the desk of the composers. It was changed after a composer’s wife shared the slang meaning of “tinkle.” : )
- “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby is the biggest selling Christmas song of all time.
- The original Welsh lyrics to “Deck the Halls” were a celebration of New Year’s Eve, not Christmas.
- The “Christmas Song” (also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) and “Let it Snow,” were both written in the heart of summer by composers longing for cold winter weather.
- After hearing people whisper, “here comes Santa,” while riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Clause Lane Parade, Gene Autry was inspired to write the song “Here Comes Santa Clause.”
Now, spread the holiday cheer and share these festive facts with friends and family!
We searched the Internet so you didn’t have to. Here’s where we found these facts and more: http://listverse.com/2013/12/22/10-hidden-facts-about-christmas-songs/, http://mentalfloss.com/article/32013/10-facts-about-your-favorite-christmas-carols, http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/24/Christmas-Carols/