‘Winter Wonderland’ was written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith. Due to its seasonal theme it is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, though the holiday itself is never mentioned in the lyrics. Since its original recording by Richard Himber, it has been covered by over 200 different artists, including Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Johnnie Matthis, Frank Sinatra, Amy Grant, Michael Buble, The Eurythmics, and Radiohead to name but a few.
Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. Smith had written the lyrics while being treated for tuberculosis in the West Mountain Sanatorium in Scranton.
The fact that the lyrics never mentioned Christmas, the song remains a seasonal favourite in Great Britain and across the pond every Christmas. Love and peace. Bill.xxx