The 12 Posts of Christmas, Day 1: A Happy Accident


Bob Wells didn’t set out to write one of the most beloved Christmas¬†songs when he penned words to help him stay cool on a blistering July day. But his scribblings about chestnuts roasting and Jack Frost, Yuletide carols and folks wearing warm clothing caught the eye of Mel Torme who arrived at Wells’ home for a writing session. Forty minutes later a song was born–“The Christmas Song.”

As writers we sometimes trivialize our notes and observations, but as a good writer friend of mine often says about such, “Throw nothing out.” I’m certainly glad Wells kept those words from that hot summer day back in 1946.

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