Nostalgia and Sentimentality: Recipe for a Holiday Hit


Time to take a cue from your favourite crooners and start prepping those “parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting” because well, you know what time of year it is.
“White Christmas” is just one of the holiday classics you’ll enjoy in the North Grenville Concert Choir’s upcoming presentation of “A Crooner Christmas”!

Bing Crosby’s recording of “White Christmas” was first broadcast on Christmas Day, 1941. The longing and coziness of Irving Berlin’s lyrics resonated especially strongly that day, as families were thinking about the devastating Pearl Harbor attack just two weeks before.

This best-selling Christmas song of all time stands apart from other songs in a number of ways. It’s not upbeat, there are no fanciful characters, and it isn’t religious. Instead, it’s melancholy and wistful – full of longing for bygone days. For composer Berlin, “White Christmas” was an unexpected hit. It was a simple song – just 54 words and 67 notes – and it won him an Academy Award.

You can hum along to “White Christmas”, and many other holiday mainstays, in this nostalgic, yuletide performance.

“A Crooner Christmas”: Sunday, November 26, at 2:00pm at St. Clare’s Anglican in Winchester; Friday, December 1, at 7:30pm at Southgate Church in Kemptville; and Saturday, December 2, at 7:30pm at Holy Trinity Church in Merrickville. Tickets $15 available at Brewed Awakenings in Kemptville, Mirick’s Landing in Merrickville, and online at For info call 613-322-6484 or visit


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