EARWORM! A Very Jewish Christmas


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was not one of Santa’s reindeer and didn’t live on the North Pole. In fact, he was invented in 1939 by Robert L. May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward department stores, as a promotional gimmick. By 1946, a total of 6 million copies of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer booklet had been distributed to Montgomery Ward customers.

Composer: Johnny Marks, not known for his regular attendance at Mass but nontheless responsible for “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “A Holly, Jolly Christmas.”


Composers: Mel Tormé and Robert “Bob” Wells, neither of whom ever nailed their theses to a cathedral door.


Composers: Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, unlikely to read from John 3:16 on a Good Friday.


Composers: Walter Kent and Buck Ram, who spun the dreidl, with Kim Gannon, who hung the stockings.


Composer: Irving Berlin, not terribly inclined to leave cookies for Santa.

Brave Combo — Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah Hora

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One Response to EARWORM! A Very Jewish Christmas

  1. Rochelle says:

    I’ve always found it interesting that many of my favorite Christmas songs were written by Jews. Also of note, lots of modern-day carols are written in a minor key, albeit not “Rudolph”.

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