The song, which is also subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and originally subtitled “Merry Christmas to You”, was written by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé in 1945. The Nat King Cole Trio was the first to record it in 1946. And there have been, oh my, so many covers ever since, including Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Tony Bennett, and the list goes on and on. Rick Nelson recorded this pop Christmas standard in 1964, and his voice fits it beautifully.
Here are the lyrics to “The Christmas Song” by Rick Nelson:
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some Mistletoe help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa’s on his way He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies On his sleigh And ev’ry mother’s Child is gonna spy to see if Reindeer really know how to fly
And so, I’m offering this Simple phrase to kids from One to ninety-two Altho’ it’s been said many times Many ways; “Merry Christmas to you”
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