Christmas (Music) In The Jungle: Vietnam-Era Holiday Songs

By Karen Harris
December 25, 1967: Soldiers taking rest close to a small Christmas tree, on their position at the Hill 875 near Dakto, few days after the North Vietnamese Army made a massive assault. (CORR/AFP via Getty Images)

Artists have long used Christmas songs to show more than their holiday spirit…they have used them to express their views on world events. Sandwiched between the World War II-era’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Bing Crosby and the 1984 multi-singer hit, “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?” was the 1960s and the Vietnam War. It is not surprising, then, to see Christmas songs of the sixties with a special focus on peace on earth.