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The fascinating, little-known history behind the enduring popularity of 'White Christmas'

The most popular Christmas song ever written was penned by a Jewish immigrant from Russia

If your ears are already burning with the seemingly incessant jingle of holiday tunes, you can blame "White Christmas" for the annoyance. That sweetly nostalgic song, most notably sung by Bing Crosby, has been covered more than any other holiday anthem and paved the way for "Jingle Bells," Mariah Carey, and the whole genre of secular Christmas songs.

The story behind the song's endurance is so much more endearing, and intriguing, than its connection to today's 24-hour Christmas music radio stations. Listen to the podcast above to learn more about the origins of "White Christmas."

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