The Andrews Sisters / Guy Lombardo

Christmas Island

Composed by Lyle Moraine

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For those who live in warmer locales, songs like "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" must seem a bit exotic. How often do southern Californians or Hawaiians, after all, enjoy a white Christmas? Perhaps Lyle Moraine shared such a thought when he wrote "Christmas Island," a song that celebrates the popular holiday in a warmer climate. Lyrically, the song sketches a simple portrait of a place where folks hang their stockings on coconut trees and Santa arrives in a canoe. The islanders, unlike the mainlanders, stay up late and wait for his arrival. Moraine wrote the song in 1946, and the Andrews Sisters, backed by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, turned it into a million-seller the same year. The song, over time, would prove the perfect fit for artists who performed in warmer climates. The Lennon Sisters, who worked with Lawrence Welk in southern California, turned in a fine version of the song on Christmas With the Lennon Sisters. The song also served as the title for Jimmy Buffett's 1996 holiday album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Their All-Time Greatest Hits 1994 Decca / MCA 2:37
Billboard Christmas Greatest Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Christmas Through the Years 1997 Delta Distribution 2:36
Billboard Christmas Five-Pack! [Box Set] 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Christmas Duets 2001
Various Artists
Lifestyles / Lifestyles/Tinsel Tree 2:41
Big Band Christmas [Lifestyles] 2001
Various Artists
Lifestyles 2:41
Cocktail Hour: Toast to Holidays 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:41
Home for Christmas [Fine Tune] 2001
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:41
Swing into Christmas [Columbia River] 2002
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:41
Holiday Cheer [Lifestyles Box] 2003
Various Artists
Lifestyles / Lifestyles/Tinsel Tree 2:41
A Vintage Christmas Cracker 2003
Various Artists
ASV/Living Era 2:37
We Wish You a Merry Christmas [Hallmark] 2005
Various Artists
Hallmark / Hallmark Recordings 2:40
The Greatest Songs and Carols of Christmas 2007
Various Artists
Retro Records 2:40
100 Christmas Songs 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / Weton-Wesgram
Christmas to Remember: Christmas Treasures
Various Artists
Lifestyles 2:40
Happy Holidays [Somerset]
Various Artists
Somerset Group 2:40
Santa's Christmas Collection [Membran]
Various Artists
Membran International / Membran 2:37
Winter Wonderland: A Christmas Celebration
Various Artists
Jasmine 2:38
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