Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

The ten best holiday songs penned by Jews

Print Email
Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin).(YouTube)

Yesterday, Jewcy noted that, for all the Christmas songs that have famously been written by, shall we say, People Who Don’t Celebrate Christmas, not one of a recent list of the Ten Most Depressing Christmas Songs was authored by a Member of the Tribe (“Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas)” is John Denver, in case you were wondering).

But it reminded me that around this time last year, I collaborated with David Lehman, author of Nextbook Press’s A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, on a list of the ten best Christmas songs of all time. Check the original for extensive commentary; check after the jump for just the list itself.

My favorite? “Santa Baby.” I see Taylor Swift has ruined it, but below you’ll find a link to Eartha Kitt doing it right.

10. “The Christmas Waltz,” music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne.

9. “Silver Bells,” music by Jay Livingston, lyrics by Ray Evans.

8. “Winter Wonderland,” music and lyrics by Felix Bernard.

7. “Santa Baby,” music and lyrics by Joan Ellen Javits and Philip Springer.

6. “Sleigh Ride,” lyrics by Mitchell Parrish.

5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” music by Buck Ram, lyrics by Walter Kent.

4. “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.

3. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Julie Styne.

2. “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”), music and lyrics by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells.

1. “White Christmas,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.

Have Yourself a Jewish Little Christmas [Tablet Magazine]
Related: A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs [Nextbook Press]
The Ten Most Depressing Christmas Songs Ever Recorded [Nerve]

Print Email
Eric F. says:

“Christmas Baby Please Come Home” by Phil Spector? How does that not make this list?

Antiutopia says:

Ha… but notice that all of these Christmas songs exclude reference to the birth of Christ. They’re all seasonal or about Santa Claus — there’s no religious overtones. What you should be observing is that Jewish songwriters wrote for an increasingly growing market of people (Jewish and non-Jewish) who celebrated an essentially secular Christmas. May as well call it Merry Solstice.

Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

I’ve said that least 804165 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

I haven’t any word to appreciate this post…..Definitely i am impressed from this post….the individual who produce this post it was a excellent human..thanks for shared this with us.i discovered this informative and intriguing weblog so i think so its really useful and knowledge able.I would like to thank you for the efforts you have built in writing this article. I am hoping the same ideal work from you inside future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me.Definitely the blogging is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is fine example of it

Ladies, stop losing so much weight… If I wanted to see bones I’d go to a museum…. Now, start eatin that cornbread

Some times its a pain in the ass to read what website owners wrote but this internet site is rattling user friendly!


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

The ten best holiday songs penned by Jews

More on Tablet:

Brandeis President Fred Lawrence to Resign

By Stephanie Butnick — Will step down at the end of the university’s school year