I'm wondering just what is it about Christmas songs from the 1940s and 1950s that make them so popular 50 to 60 years after they were first written and performed. The only Christmas songs I seem to hear in most public places that date after the mid-1950s are novelty songs; otherwise, it's just the crooners singing the classics. Is is nostalgia for innocent 1950s Christmases with shopping for gifts downtown, the perception of heavier snowfalls, natural trees and pre-suburban Bedford Falls-like towns? Is there something about the crooning style that makes it more naturally suited to Christmas songs than rock, rap modern adult contemporary, acoustic singer-songwriter and other modern styles? Have we forgotten how to write and perform good Christmas songs?
FWIW, I've been listening to the Hanukkah station on Sirius on and off the past few days, and there's a much greater variety of performance styles for Hanukkah songs than what I'm hearing for Christmas tunes. None in the Christmas crooner style, though.