Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"Christmas, Why Can't I Find You?" is a song cowritten by James Horner and Will Jennings for the 2000 live-action remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the film, it is first sung by Taylor Momsen, who played Cindy Lou Who.

A longer and different version of the song, called "Where Are You, Christmas?", was co-written by Mariah Carey, James Horner and Will Jennings. It was originally recorded by Carey, but because of a legal case with her ex-husband, Tommy Mottola, it could not be released, so it was re-recorded and released by Faith Hill. A video was released featuring Hill singing from the Grinch's mountaintop home, interspersed with clips from the film and a cameo appearance by Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who.

The song is also heard during The Grinch Musical as well as in The Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular.


Cindy Lou Who Version[]

 Where are you, Christmas
 Why can't I find you
 Why have you gone away

 My world is changing
 I'm rearranging
 Does that means Christmas changes, too

 Where are you, Christmas?
 Do you remember
 The girl you used to know

 You and I were so carefree
 Now nothing's easy
 Did Christmas change
 or just me


Where are you Christmas
I think I found you
This time I'll make you stay

You'll hear us singing
Bells will be ringing
Now and forever
Christmas Day!

Faith Hill Version[]

 Where are you Christmas
 Why can't I find you
 Why have you gone away
 Where is the laughter
 You used to bring me
 Why can't I hear music play

 My world is changing
 I'm rearranging
 Does that mean Christmas changes too

 Where are you Christmas
 Do you remember
 The one you used to know
 I'm not the same one
 See what the time's done
 Is that why you have let me go

 Christmas is here
 Everywhere, oh
 Christmas is here
 If you care, oh

 If there is love in your heart and your mind
 You will feel like Christmas all the time

 I feel you Christmas
 I know I've found you
 You never fade away
 The joy of Christmas
 Stays here inside us
 Fills each and every heart with love

 Where are you Christmas
 Fill your heart with love

Cover versions[]

In 2008, the song was performed by Kaitlyn Maher in a live show at The White House, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on December 4, 2008 which was attended by President George W. Bush.

In 2009, the song was covered by Hollie Steel, the child soprano from Britain's Got Talent (Series 3) Finals.

On October 29, 2009, And Then There Were None released a cover of the song.

During a Christmas concert in 2011 a cover of the song was performed by The Piano Guys (Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson), feauturing Jon's young daughter Sarah Schmidt.

In 2018, the song was covered by Pentatonix for their fourth Christmas album, Christmas is Here!.

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