HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka

SIX days until Christmas! Let’s forget about this cold and think about sunny, lovely Hawaii for a few minutes…

This tune, originally written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson, takes its title from the Hawaiian phrase ‘Mele Kalikimaka,” meaning Merry Christmas. Rather than your whimsical, snow-filled Christmas tunes featuring roaring fireplaces and snowmen, this song helps us picture what Christmas is like on the islands of Hawaii- ‘green and bright,’ sunny and warm. Here, Mr. Crosby has the help of the Andrews Sisters, a highly successful boogie-woogie trio from Minnesota. This song reminds me a lot of growing up because my mom loves Hawaii more than anyone I know and would always sing this during the holidays. This one’s for you, mom!

Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka

Jimmy Buffet also does a pretty average version that reminds me of my childhood! Not because my childhood was average… but because there was a lot of Jimmy Buffet being played.

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