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white christmas

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“White Christmas” definition


A popular song for Christmas, composed by Irving Berlin and memorably sung by Bing Crosby. It begins, “I'm dreaming of a white Christmas&ellipsis4;”

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  • I was just thinking that we should have a white christmas after all.

    Toppleton's Client John Kendrick Bangs
  • Mary had said that it would be a white christmas--how could Mary tell?

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • Its flowers last for four or five weeks, and in a cut state they form rich companion bloom to the white christmas Rose.

  • If we did not have a white christmas we had a white New Year.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Snow was falling steadily, one of those dry, sifting snows that presage a white christmas in the middle west.

    Helen in the Editor's Chair Ruthe S. Wheeler

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