“Winter Wonderland” was written by Felix Bernard (1897-1944) and Richard B. Smith (1901-1935), with the final verse added in 1953, when the lyricist and composer both had died and couldn’t object.

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He’ll ask, “Are you married?” We’ll say, “No, man,
but you can do the job while you’re in town!”

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

There’s so much wrong with this song, it’s hard to know where to start. I encountered it in junior high choir, and have cordially hated it ever since. Smith was in a sanitorium being treated for tuberculosis when he wrote it. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but is one of the most popular pop songs of the season.

Frankly, I’m including it because I heard Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga on the Stephen Colbert show and was startled by how good they sounded. Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in 1986 and has been best known for her provocative persona, though apparently many people knew she could sing. I had heard very little of her music, and my mental image of her music was based on “Christmas Tree“.

So here it is, “Winter Wonderland.” Many people like it. Many people are fans of Tony Bennett. Many are fans of Lady Gaga. The world is big enough for many different points of view.