Other Random Facts

  • The song is about reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting.
  • The best selling and most popular version of the song, is the recording from Bing Crosby, which was recorded in 1942.
  • Back in 2009, The Guinness Book of World Records had the song selling more than 100 million copies world-wide, which makes it the highest selling single of all time.
  • Though Bing Crosby's version is the best selling and most well known, the song has also been covered by artists like Frank Sinatra, Michael Bolton, Garth Brooks, Bette Midler, and Andrea Bocelli.
  • The song is also the most recorded Christmas song of all time, as there have been more than 500 recorded versions of the song.
  • Irving Berlin's original opening verse is often dropped in recordings. Here are the lyrics to that opening verse.

The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There's never been such a day
in Beverly Hills, L.A.
But it's December the twenty-fourth,
And I am longing to be up North