You know it’s the festive season when you hear Christmas music playing just about anywhere and everywhere!

Did you know that Carols were sung in Europe thousands of years ago? However, they were not Christmas Carols. In fact, they were celebration songs sung by pagans at the Winter Solstice festivities, around 22nd of December.

Christmas Carols gained major popularity during the Victorian times, when David Gilbert and Williams Sandys collected loads of old Christmas music in villages all around England. Many of the most popular Christmas tunes were invented between the 40s to the 80s.

Catch the festive spirit once again with five of the best heart-warming classic Christmas songs at Bingo Extra – the site with the best bingo games - and discover interesting facts related to them!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This song was originally a poem created by Robert May, an American advertising executive. In the first year of its publication, the poem proved to be incredibly successful, with over 2 million copies given away. And in 1949, Gene Autry recorded its popular musical version we all love.

White Christmas

Probably one of the best known Christmas song ever, White Christmas was first released in 1942 by Irving Berlin and featured in the movie Holiday Inn. It is reported that Berlin once told his secretary, “Grab your pen and take down this song.  I just wrote the best song… heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody’s ever written!”

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This immortal song brought tears to the eyes of the audience when Judy Garland performed it for Margaret O’Brien. The song was composed by Hugh Martin and published for the first time in 1943. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is largely considered as one of the saddest ever Christmas song.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Written in 1951, this Christmas song by Meredith Willson, was originally known as “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. Many artists have since sung this song, and it has features in numerous albums and T.V shows such as 1975s Merry Christmas from Sesame Street, A Chipmunk Christmas in 1981, the movie Home Alone 2, and also a DVD version of Disney Sing Along Songs. 

Jingle Bells

Believe it or not, the song Jingle Bells was originally meant to be for Thanksgiving! It however became a popular Christmas song because it’s sleight bell music. James Pierpoint, a minister, was the composer and author of this song, and it was first released in 1857. Jingle Bells was so popular that people kept singing it for Christmas, and it has since been reinterpreted countless times.

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