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Just because you’re not a Christian that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Christmas. While Christmas is a Christian holiday, it’s so ubiquitous that anyone from any faith can enjoy and celebrate the holiday, just as much as Christians. Here are 11 Christmas songs written by Jewish Songwriters.
- “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin. He also wrote “God Bless America.”
- “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks. The song is based on Marks’ brother-in-law’s short story that features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Johnny Marks also wrote “Run Run Rudolph” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”
- “Silver Bells” by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. Salvation Army bell ringers around New York City were the inspiration for this Christmas song.
- “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard & Richard B. Smith
- “Santa Baby” by Joan Ellen Javits & Philip Springer
- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Buck Ram & Walter Kent. Because of a lawsuit, Buck Ram is credited as the song’s co-writer because he wrote a poem and short story titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
- “Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne. Born, Sammy Cohen and Julia Stein, “Let It Snow” was a #1 hit song in 1946.
- “The Christmas Song” by Mel Torme. Made popular by Nat King Cole, the song was originally written by Mel Torme.
- “Teach Me How To Understand Christmas” from the TV show Community was written by Dan Harmon, who is Jewish. Also the character Annie Edison from TV comedy is also Jewish.