Editors’ Notes Whether he wrote it at a friend’s house in Beverly Hills, the La Quinta Hotel in Hollywood, or the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix (all possibilities), one thing’s for sure: Irving Berlin was nowhere near snow when “White Christmas” was born. The point is that great holiday songs—like great holiday movies—communicate a spirit, a sense of time and place that we can imagine ourselves into no matter where (or when) we are. With that, here’s a playlist of classics from holiday movies: It doesn’t matter if it’s the season now, or you just want to set the scene. We do update things here now and then, so if you hear something you like, add it to your library.

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