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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Buck Ram wrote “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” at age 16 as a poem for his mother when he was a homesick college student at University of Illinois. He set it to music. In 1934 Mills Music decided to hold it back a year because they were issuing “White Christmas.” Ram ran into two acquaintances, Kent and Gannon, in a bar one night. He was not completely happy with the song. They talked about it, and he left a copy with them. Mills Music was not pleased when the Kent/Gannon version was published. Mills sued. Ram went on to be one of BMIs top 5 songwriters in its first 50 years. Kent and Gannon never had another hit song. (per Buck Ram 1986; newspaper articles of the era re the lawsuit)
The film White Christmas had a Jewish star (Danny Kaye), director (Michael Curtiz) and composer (Irving Berlin).
Santa Claus is Coming to Townâ€” songwriter John Frederick Coots first offered the song to Eddie Cantor who used it on his radio show that November in 1934, and it became an instant hit. The morning after the radio show there were orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music, and, by Christmas, sales had passed 400,000.
Santa Baby was written by Joan Javits (the niece of Jacob K. Javits) and Philip Springer. (I know nothing about them.)
Santa Claus Is Back in Town (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
O Holy Night was composed by Adolphe Adam, who may have been Jewish.
The movie, “The Polar Express,” is adapted from the children’s Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg, who converted to Judaism many years ago.
Silent Night was written by an Austrian Priest, Father Joseph Mohr, and an Austrian school teacher and church organist, Franz Gruber. The English translation of the lyrics most popularly used was done by John Freeman Young, an American minister. So I’d have to say you are misinformed.
The lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” were not written by Mendelssohn, but the music was adapted by another composer from one of his compositions. He was raised in a nonreligious household, and baptized Lutheran at age 7.
Most of the recorded by attributions for the first artist to record a song are incorrect. Bob Hope sang Silver Bells first in the movie The Lemon Drop Kid, Judy Garland sang Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus was recorded by Gene Autry decades before Elvis did his rendition. Do your research!