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Column: Book Department: White Christmas: A Book about the Song for its 80th Anniversary

“[Irving] Berlin was asked how ‘a member of the Jewish faith’

could write [the song] ‘White Christmas.’ 

‘I know how,’ he said in a 1954 interview. 

 ‘I wrote it as an American.’

--White Christmas: The Story of an American Song, p. 69

White Christmas: The Story of an American Song by Jody Rosen. New York: Scribner, 2002.

It may be hard to believe in this day and age, but there was a time in the not too distant past when popular Christmas songs weren’t played ad infinitum on the...

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