The song entered Oricon at No.3 and within a couple of weeks, it hit the top spot for a total of 4 weeks (not consecutive). Inagaki's 27th single was his first really big hit in about a decade since his 3rd single, "Dramatic Rain" in 1982. It would become the 34th-ranked song for 1993.
In November 2009, Inagaki's 48th single was in the form of a duet covering this song with songstress Kohmi Hirose（広瀬香美). Also, it was included as a track in his 2nd album of duets with other female singers, "Otoko to Onna 2" （男と女２....Men and Women 2). I did get the single for myself but compared to the original, I found this version to be a bit underpowered.
The original still contains a lot of punch 20 years after its release, and it gets a lot of airplay in my ears around this time of year. Not surprised by this piece of trivia considering how self-effacing Inagaki is, but the singer has remarked that one time when he went into his local supermarket, he heard a Muzak version of his magnum opus on the speakers....and quickly made a beeline for the exit.
|Junichi Inagaki -- Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa|
(I wonder if this cover was meant to be seen with 3D glasses.)