December 22, 2022
The crooner Bing Crosby first sang "White Christmas" live on the "Kraft Music Hall" radio show on December 26, 1941, nineteen days after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
It was a frightening time, one of our country's darkest moments. The nation felt wounded, violated, and every living American knew that a tough fight would follow. Holiday spirit was at a low.
Yet, Bing's song set aside the worry for a moment, and because of its "nostalgia around the holidays, regardless of religion," it resonated with audiences.
"It's not upbeat. Its lyrics are wistful, even a sad recol...