Once upon a time, before the Baby Boomers and Generation X hijacked Christmas music with their Rankin-Bass and Charlie Brown Christmas specials, there were beloved Christmas songs from stars like Judy Garland, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Eartha Kitt, Peggy Lee, Gene Autry, and Jimmy Durante. For a taste of what the holidays sounded like in the post-World-War-2 era, check out this playlist on Spotify, which includes tunes you’ve undoubtedly heard, as well as some slightly more obscure tracks from that era:

Playlist: Christmas Music of the 1940s and 1950s

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