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This is a famous song that comes from an old movie called “White Christmas”. At first glance it is a beautiful and calmed melody. When you start reading the lyrics then, there’s a feeling of something missing. It was written by Irving Berlin (the same composer behind “Cheek to Cheek,” “God Bless America,” and many more classics), a Russian-born immigrant who, interestingly enough, did not celebrate Christmas because he was Jewish.
“I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS/JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW/WHERE THE TREETOPS GLISTEN AND CHILDREN LISTEN/TO HEAR SLEIGH BELLS IN THE SNOW”
“The kind of deep secret of the song may be that it was Berlin responding in some way to his melancholy about the death of his son,” Rosen said.
He wrote “White Christmas” for a musical that eventually morphed into the movie Holiday Inn and ended up winning an Academy Award for the song. In 1954, it was the title track of another Bing Crosby Christmas musical, White Christmas.
“I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS/WITH EVERY CHRISTMAS CARD I WRITE/MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT AND MAY ALL YOUR CHRISTMASES BE WHITE”
Clearly, they identified with the sad lyrics about holidays at home. Since then, “White Christmas” has been covered by everyone from Elvis to Lady Gaga—but its timeless message remains the same.
- Jewish: Someone who is Jewish was born in the Jewish culture and may practice Judaism.
- Bless: To say a prayer asking God to help and protect someone or something.
- Glance: To look somewhere quickly and then look away.
- Morph: To gradually change one image into another using computer technology, or to be changed in this way.
Talk about feelings and how the songs that we know are much more than what we understand.
- Have you ever had this melancholic feeling on Christmas?
Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Aileen Martínez from Coapa Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.