I’m enjoying the mix of Christmas songs on our local radio station much more this year than years past. For one thing, they haven’t excised the religious carols until Christmas Eve, but the other is that probably at least half of what they are playing are older songs – Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra, Leroy Anderson, etc. Even with modern stuff, there’s a lot more Michael Buble and Josh Groban than Mariah Carey or Paul McCartney.
This is one that they’ve been playing, from 1954. I love the woodwind “interlude” with the oboes and bassoon (maybe even an English horn?) and I love how the melody goes into minor to make it interesting.
For anyone interested, the link to my local “Christmas station” is here: https://957bigfm.iheart.com/