What goofball decided “A Few of My Favorite Things” was a Christmas song?

The hills are alive with the sound of… Christmas?

Maria's not an asset to the abbey. Or your Christmas playlist.

Maria’s not an asset to the abbey. Or your Christmas playlist.

Most of us know the song “A Few of My Favorite Things” from the 1965 musical film “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. What most of us don’t know is how in the world we started hearing it every December on the local Christmas music stations… So, what’s the deal? Are “brown paper packages tied up with strings,” and “snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes” just kind of Christmas-y enough that somebody decided to make it work? Does Julie Andrews have a really good agent? What’s the story?

The part where I digress…

My first instinct was to think it was just a product of America’s short memory and lack of any kind of cultural awareness. After all, we’re a nation that celebrates its history by playing the 1812 Overture, which just happens to be a song commemorating Russia’s defeat of Napoleon in… well.. 1812. Very American. Of course, every good red-blooded American also loves a rousing rendition of “Born in the USA,” which is (as we all apparently don’t know) about the horrors of the Vietnam war, among other things. Maybe, as a nation, we’re just really bad at knowing what songs are about? But I digress.

The part where I get back to the point…

Anyway, it turns out that “A Few of My Favorite Things” was a Christmas song long before it was ever even a part of the movie! The song was originally penned by Rogers and Hammerstein for the 1959 musical The Sound of Music and was performed by Mary Martin and Patricia Neway in the original broadway production. It became a Christmas song in 1961, when Julie Andrews performed it for the Garry Moore Show’s Christmas special – nearly four years before the release of the film version most of us remember! A recording of the 1961 Christmas performance can be seen here…

So there you have it! The goofball in question was apparently Garry Moore, and he decided “A Few of My Favorite Things” was a Christmas song over 50 years ago now. Of course, why he chose to air the song on his Christmas special still remains a mystery. Maybe he really did just fall for those snowflakes and packages…

9 Responses

  1. Charlotte December 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    If it was originally penned for the Broadway musical, doesn’t that mean it was originally a Broadway song? Sounds to me like it went Broadway, Garry Moore show, movie.

    • Jeffrey Anderson December 22, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Yep..just like the article appears to convey..

  2. Amy December 16, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Thank you for researching. It plays NONSTOP on XM’s Holiday Traditions Station. It’s an annoying enough song that I have to turn the channel. Defintely the worst song from The Sound of Music.

    • SirXena September 9, 2018 / 11:36 pm

      Speaking of uncultured Americans….

    • Christian October 22, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Oh my goodness Amy, no. It is one of the best songs of all time.

    • Patrick November 21, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      there used to be a popular TV program called The Andy Williams Show that was famous for its Christmas specials in 1966 Andy’s wife Claudine Sang my favorite things on the Christmas special it became a Christmas song after that

  3. Mabel August 1, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    It kind of sickening in the VOLVO COMMERCIAL..they need a new tune…?

  4. L Han November 29, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Julie Andrews sang it on Christmas show in1961….before The Andy Williams Show in ‘66.

  5. emily sexton December 1, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    definitely not a Christmas song

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