Most definitely falling into the category of lesser-known holiday songs, this comes from one of the least-known adaptations of A Christmas Carol. This was a 1956 special, The Stingest Man in Town, a musical presented as part of The Alcoa Hour.
It starred the legendary film actor, best known as playing Sherlock Holmes, Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. And also had a solid cast, including two opera singers, Patrice Munsel and Robert Weede (who starred in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella), along with several pop stars of the day, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond and The Four Lads.as kind of travel minstrels. The score is by Fred Spielman and Janice Torre.
Here is Basil Rathbone singing "The Christmas Spirit."
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