I recently attended a choral concert my mom was in and learned an interesting fact about a popular Christmas song. The Choir director told the audience the meaning behind the song, White Christmas written by Irving Berlin. She proceeds to tell the audience it was written about infant loss. Berlin's 3 week old baby died on Christmas day. Ever since hearing this I have been thinking a lot about the song and it's meaning. As I listen to the song and hear the words I can see how it could be about loss. I think How do you even celebrate Christmas after that? I told my husband I don't think I could. It's just something that has sat with me had me thinking a lot of loss during the holidays. How we wish things could be different, wonder about that could have been.
I had no idea the history and reason for the song. I will listen to it a little differently this year.
Thinking of you mama,
Oh wow, I didn't know either. If it had been around back then, maybe Mr. Berlin would have been on Share. I'm sure to hear the song many more times on the holiday station. I'll be thinking about its true meaning. Thank you for sharing:)
Wow, I had never heard that before. It does make sense, wishing for Christmas to be white, innocent, pure, not tainted with sorrow. I will have to remember the next time I am thinking of my two little girls where there is only one.
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