I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Holiday Inn is the movie that originated the song “White Christmas.” Not White Christmas like so many people assume. It’s also considered one of the all time best Christmas movies even though it’s not technically centered around Christmas. Holiday Inn actually centers around every observed holiday throughout the year at the time. Specifically New Years Eve, Lincoln’s Birthday, St. Valentine’s Day, Washington’s Birthday, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and of course Christmas Eve. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire play Jim and Ted respectively. Jim is a singer and Ted is a dancer. They both run a popular show in New York. When a woman comes between them, Jim bids farewell, starting a new show of his own on a farm. Dubbing it Holiday Inn, Jim puts on a show once for every previously mentioned holiday. His star player and romantic interest is Linda. The new woman who comes between him and Ted. Holiday Inn is filled with many great song and dance numbers. “White Christmas” is just the one that’s stood the test of time. With some calling it one of the best Christmas songs ever written. Of course I can’t talk about Holiday Inn without mentioning the “elephant in the room.” One of the performances involves blackface. It’s important to know that the 40’s was a very different time. Though I can’t help feeling really uncomfortable watching it (being part black myself). With the exception of that scene, Holiday Inn is still a “mostly” Christmas classic.

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Jim (center) tries to keep Ted (right) and Linda (left) away from each other

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