Where Are You, Christmas?

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"Where Are You Christmas?"
Faith Hill - Where Are You Christmas?.jpg
Single by Faith Hill
from the album How the Grinch Stole Christmas soundtrack
Released2000
FormatCD
Genre
Length4:07
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Faith Hill singles chronology
"Let's Make Love"
(2000)
"Where Are You Christmas?"
(2000)
"If My Heart Had Wings"
(2001)

"Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" is a song co-written by James Horner and Will Jennings for the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000.[1] In the movie, it is first sung by Taylor Momsen, who played Cindy Lou Who.[2]

A full-length version of the song, was renamed "Where Are You, Christmas?". This version was co-written by Horner, Jennings and Mariah Carey with additional lyrics for the film's soundtrack. The song was originally recorded by Carey, but because of a legal case with her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, it could not be released, so it was re-recorded and released by Faith Hill.[2] A video was released featuring Hill singing from the Grinch's mountaintop home, interspersed with clips from the film and a cameo appearance by Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.

As of December 2018, total digital sales of the Faith Hill recording had reached 977,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3] It was placed seventh on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history.[4]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 65
US Billboard Country Songs 26
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 10
US Billboard Adult Top 40 40
Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Holiday Songs 15
Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard Holiday Songs 30
Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard Holiday Digital Songs 2
US Billboard Holiday Songs (Holiday 100) 36

Other versions[edit]

In 2008, the song was performed by Kaitlyn Maher in a live show at The White House, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 4, 2008 which was attended by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, "Where Are You, Christmas"[5] was covered by Hollie Steel, the child soprano from Britain Got Talent finals.

On October 29, 2009, Then There Were None released a cover of the Christmas single.

During a Christmas concert in 2011, a cover of the song was performed by The Piano Guys (Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson),[6] featuring Jon's young daughter Sarah Schmidt.

The album version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features a bonus track of the song, performed by Tori Feinstein, who played Cindy Lou Who in a touring production of the musical.[7]

Pentatonix covered the song for their 2018 album Christmas Is Here!.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) - Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "Where Are You Christmas? Mariah Carey's Unsung Holiday Classic". Established in 1997. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 3, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: December 3, 2018". RoughStock. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Billboard Staff (November 25, 2016). "What Are the Top-Selling Holiday Songs?". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Where Are You Christmas?: Hollie Steel: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  6. ^ "ThePianoGuys.com:Where are you Christmas? (Live in concert)". ThePianoGuys.com.
  7. ^ "HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Album Track List Revealed; Out 10/29!". Broadway World. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2019-02-19.