The story behind Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' Published December 24, 2021 at 12:52 PM EST Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Listen • 5:38 “White Christmas” by the composer Irving Berlin is a holiday favorite. But the bestselling song has a melancholy backstory. Katy Sewall of The Bittersweet Life podcast reports. This article was originally published on WBUR.org. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.