The initial reaction to the release of this album was unbelievably one of controversy. Irving Berlin was actually horrified that his “White Christmas” was being sullied by the ‘vulgar kid with the gyrating pelvis,’ and many others agreed. The year was 1957 and Elvis was still young (just 22) and dangerous, Jailhouse Rock had just hit the box offices and his “Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel” single was still at the top of the charts. But despite his status as the ultimate rebel, Elvis actually managed to deliver pretty convincing versions of these Christmas classics, so much so that although Irving Berlin may still be rolling over in his grave, the album itself has taken its place as one of the best known and loved Christmas albums of all time (and definitely a lot cooler than Bing Crosby). Featuring 9 bonus tracks, all recorded in 1957.