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Top Christmas Songs All Written By Jews

It’s beginning to look a lot like Chanukah

While the Festival of Lights knows how to deliver when it comes to latkes, jelly doughnuts and chocolate coins wrapped in tin foil, as far as festive tunes go, miracle or no miracle, Christmas beats Chanukah.

Unlike the timeless melodic cherubs that belong to Christmas and float from the radio non-stop between Thanksgiving and December 25th, those who celebrate Chanukah are left with “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” a song one can only listen to so many times before considering conversion.

Adam Sandler’s cherished, ever-revised anthem, “The Hannukah Song,” has certainly upped our musical stock, and more and more Chanukah-themed parody songs are appearing on YouTube, but there is still something missing for the musically inclined Jewish population during the holiday season.

However, the explanation behind this cultural void may not be what you think, because spoiler alert: most of the hit Christmas songs were written by Jews. So while Chanukah’s meager musical menu remains a mystery, we know it is not for lack of the Tribe’s talent.

13 popular Christmas songs by Jewish composers and/or lyricists:

1. “The Christmas Waltz”: Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (both Jewish)

2. “Winter Wonderland”: Written by Felix Bernard (Jewish) and Richard B. Smith

3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”: Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, (both Jewish)

4. “Sleigh Ride”: Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (Jewish)

5. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”: Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (both Jewish)

6. “White Christmas”: Written by Irving Berlin (Jewish, son of a rabbi)

7. “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Written by Johnny Marks (Jewish)

8. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”: Written by George Wyle (Jewish) and Edward Pola

9. “Silver Bells”: Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (Both Jewish)

10. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”: Written by Johnny Marks (Jewish)

11. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”: Written by Walter Kent and Buck Ram (both Jewish)

12. “A Holly Jolly Christmas”: Written by Johnny Marks (Jewish)

13. “There’s no place Like Home For The Holidays”: Written by Robert Allen and Al Stillman (Jewish)





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