...set up in an easy-to-read format and will be a warm addition to any holiday library and a great gift. -- Union City Messenger, October 20, 1999
...the book is a valuable musical resource -- Knoxville News-Sentinel, December 12, 1999
The Menendezes have the answers, and the stories will help you enjoy Christmas music more than ever. -- The Brazosport Facts, December 3, 1999
This neat little book...includes the lyrics and a short history of 45 Christmas songs composed by U.S. citizens... -- Easton Star-Democrat, December 3, 1999
This one's a keeper... -- Denver Post, November 28, 1999
From the Inside Flap
From the music of "Jingle Bells" and "White Christmas" to "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Away in the Manager" to "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" and "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," Americans have placed their stamp on the holiday season. But where did these songs that Americans use to celebrate the season come from? How or why were these songs written? And why have they continued to define what Christmas is to so many of us? These are some of the questions Albert and Shirley Menendez tackle in this charming book about the origins of forty-five "Christmas Songs Made in America."
For decades, songwriters and lyricists have used popular, folk, rock, sacred, and country songs to clebrate the season's heartfelt cheer. Some were written for Broadway, others for Hollywood. Some entertained children, others set a romantic mood. Some grew out from the chains of slavery, others from the joyous freedom of faith. If there's a story to tell about a Christmas song, you're likely to find it here.