There's an interesting backstory behind the Carpenters' "Merry Christmas, Darling".
The lyrics were written by Frank Pooler in 1946, meant for his then-girlfriend, but the couple split before Pooler could present the tune to his lady. 20 years later, while teaching at California State University in Long Beach, Pooler gave the song to Richard Carpenter, who composed the music. Richard and Karen went into the studio 4 years later and released "Merry Christmas, Darling" as a single, then re-recorded the track in 1978 for a television special. It is the later version that we're presenting here and now.