Forgotten History of Christmas Carols

Forgotten History of Christmas Carols

Dan O'Donnell tells the stories of our favorite Christmas songs.... Show More

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Dan O'Donnell tells the story of how a children's game became a beloved Christmas song.

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How did a randy New Year's Eve song become a beloved Christmas carol? Dan O'Donnell explains.

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Dan O'Donnell tells the tale of how Santa Claus upstaging Gene Autry in a parade led to one of the world's best-known Christmas carols.

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Dan O'Donnell gives the history of a song that's so old, no one is quite sure when it was first written.

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December 4, 2017 1 min

Dan O'Donnell tells the story of why we should all thank a songwriter's wife for not singing about "tinkle bells" every Christmas.

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One of Santa's reindeer a drunk? Dan O'Donnell explains how that belief nearly prevented the release of one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.

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Dan O'Donnell explains how one of the world's most beloved Christmas carols started as merely a way for a songwriter to keep cool on a hot summer day.

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A record label deemed it to be too sad to be a Christmas carol, but struck a poignant chord with soldiers serving in World War II. Dan O'Donnell tells the story of "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

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Did you know the good king was actually a real king (well, technically the duke of Bohemia)? Dan O'Donnell tells the tale of Wenceslas I.

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Dan O'Donnell tells the story of how a 13 year-old girl recorded one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.

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December 4, 2017 1 min

One of the most famous religious Christmas carols of all time was written by someone who wasn't religious at all. Dan O'Donnell tells the fascinating story of "O Holy Night."

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Dan O'Donnell tells the story of how the bestselling Christmas song of all time was recorded in just 18 minutes.

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A husband and wife's private love song becomes an Oscar-winning worldwide sensation. Dan O'Donnell explains how.

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December 4, 2017 1 min

Dan O'Donnell explains how a tune originally written for Thanksgiving eventually became the first song ever broadcast from outer space.

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December 4, 2017 1 min

Dan O'Donnell tells the story of how two friends, a guitar, and a broken church organ created one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.

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