I grew up hearing this rendition by the immortal Maurice Chevalier, sung in English and French. It was included in one of the Goodyear Christmas records in the mid-1960s that was in regular rotation on my parents’ stereo. To this day, it never fails to move me.
It is more recited than sung — Chevalier was well past his prime when he recorded it — but this year, the 200th anniversary of this timeless hymn, is a perfect opportunity to hear it again.
Check it out: