Yule Laugh, Yule Cry: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Beloved Holiday Songs

With holiday cheer in the air, TIME takes a closer look at some of the weird stories behind our favorite seasonal tunes

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Someone needs to clarify that Johnny Marks DID NOT write "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." It is actually based on a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and I think he should get his due credit. Marks did, however, compose the music for a version of the song in the 1950's. It is a beautiful song, regardless.