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25 Days of Jazzmas: "Mistletoe and Holly"

Dec 18, 2011

Two of the great symbols of the Christmas holiday are featured in today's Jazzmas tune. Mistletoe is a Christmas plant whose origin is said to date back to the Pagans. Druid priests used this Christmas plant two hundred years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. A more modern tradition is to exchange kisses under a sprig of mistletoe. Preferable, methinks.

Holly is the plant most associated with Christmas in many European countries. Holly wreaths are hung on doors, and sprigs of holly are used to trim Christmas puddings. Less preferable, methinks.

Sinatra first recorded this song in 1957, and then re-released it as a single on Capital Records to benefit Christmas Seals in 1960. Written by Hank Sanicola, Sinatra, and Doc Stanford, the song features a Gordon Jenkins arrangement.