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How ‘Silent Night’ came to dominate Christmas

How ‘Silent Night’ came to dominate Christmas

Think of the last Christmas album you heard (for me, that’d be Cyndi Lauper’s Merry Christmas… Have a Nice Life). Did it feature “Silent Night”?

Yes. Of course it did. Pretty much every Christmas album has “Silent Night” on it, as this visualization from Time‘s Chris Wilson shows.

Click “Know More” to read Wilson explain why “Silent Night” won Christmas. Hint: copyright has a lot to do with it.

Dylan Matthews | December 19, 2013 at 9:47 am
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