We Bet You Didn’t Know: 10 Christmas Songs With Surprising Jewish Roots

10. ‘Winter Wonderland’

This Christmastime pop standard was originally recorded by Richard Himber and his Hotel Ritz-Carlton Orchestra in 1934. The lyrics were written by Richard Smith, who was reportedly inspired by the central park of Honesdale, Pennsylvania when it was covered in snow.

The J-Connection?

The music was composed by Felix Bernard, a Jewish conductor from New York City. His other writing credits include “Dardanella” and “Painter In The Sky.”

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