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Bob Lind, Published January 05 2014

Neighbors: The story behind ‘White Christmas’

Here’s the story behind the song “White Christmas.” Neighbors carried a story this past Christmas season about how that song affected servicemen on a World War II battlefield.

Now Richard Kjonaas writes that his late father, who lived in Georgetown, Minn., when he went into the service in 1944, was stationed in Texas when Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas” in a live show at the military base.

Irving Berlin, who wrote the song, was there, too.

After the show was over, Richard’s dad approached Berlin and asked him how he could have a song sung about snow when they were in Texas, not exactly famed for having snow.

Berlin told him that the song was not about snow.

It was meant, he said, to emphasize a desire for a truly “white” Christmas that didn’t have any red blood being shed, as was occurring around the world during the war.


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