Happy Holiday (song)

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"Happy Holiday"
from the film Holiday Inn
Song by Bing Crosby
Published 1942
Composer Irving Berlin
Language English

"Happy Holiday" (sometimes performed as "Happy Holidays") is a popular song composed by Irving Berlin during 1941 and published the following year.[1]


"Happy Holiday" was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 film Holiday Inn, where it is performed in a medley with the title song. While it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song, in the film it is performed on New Year's Eve, and expresses a wish for the listener to enjoy "happy holidays" throughout the entire year.

The song helped to popularize the phrase "Happy holidays" as a common greeting during the Christmas and holiday season in the United States.[citation needed]

Kay Thompson wrote a song called "The Holiday Season" that is sometimes paired with "Happy Holiday" as a medley. This was first popularized by Andy Williams (who Kay herself discovered and mentored). Other artists who have covered the "Happy Holiday"/"Holiday Season" medley include The Manhattan Transfer and Michael W. Smith.

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  1. ^ Kimball, Robert, ed. (2001). The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin. New York: Knopf. p. 351. ISBN 0-679-41943-8. 

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