Yesterday Natalie attempted to respond to my posing about the song It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. She made is as far to share the singer, writers, and the fact it was a Christmas Seal song. Nothing more though, and definitely nothing about those scary ghost stories. We know the song was written in 1963 for Andy Williams and his first Christmas Album. The song is quite simple and repetitive and tells of all the great parts of the holiday season. The confusing line is “there’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago”. Maybe it is obvious that the ghost stories line is a reference to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I’m not so sure that does it for me. Yes there are ghosts in that tale, but not really what I would consider a “ghost story” per say. And the song mentions ghost stories, like more than one. The hunt for more information will continue.
A little more on the song though. It was a big hit for Andy Williams, who became a Christmas tradition himself. He recorded 8 Christmas Albums and is known as “Mr. Christmas” to many. He also hosted decades worth of television Christmas specials. The 84-year-old crooner still makes the occasional Christmas appearance and his songs, especially this one, are part of our cultural identity. The song is Christmas (unless it’s being used by Staples in those Back-to-School TV ads). Hundreds of recordings of the song exist and all manner of group and artist have recorded it over the years. Next year will mark 50 years since the debut. My favorite version personally is that by Johnny Mathis.