If you're reading this post, chances are pretty good that you enjoy holiday music. If the mixes I've put together over the years prove anything, it's that the supply of holiday-themed tunes is both large and diverse — heck, I've included more than 600 different tracks on my annual collections, and I've barely scratched the surface! Of course, the vast majority of these tunes tend to be rather obscure. In fact, only a relative handful can truly be called holiday classics. Among the genuine classics, however, a surprising number have interesting and little-known backstories behind them.
The social bookmarking service Pocket has collected a series of interesting pieces on the surprising backstories behind a number of the best-known holiday classics. Many of our most familiar carols, for example, were popularized by Edward White Benson, who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1883 to 1896. Shortly before assuming that role, he devised the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in Truro as a way of luring folks out of the pubs and into church on Christmas Eve by appropriating a number of popular drinking songs and making them the centerpiece of the service. Among these were "I Saw Three Ships" and "Good King Wenceslas," neither of which in their original versions had anything to do with Christmas. "Jingle Bells," for that matter, has nothing to do with Christmas either, but was rather conceived as a Thanksgiving-related song!
Anyway, you can check out the backstories behind these and other seasonal tunes by way of the articles connected to the link below and you'll pick up enough trivia to impress your fellow guests at holiday parties throughout the season!