The next day, Swift headed into the studio with co-producer Jimmy Napes, who has worked on Sam Smith’s hits “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One” and “Too Good at Goodbyes.”
She recorded the song later in the day on Dec. 2 before watching back-up vocalists record their parts in studio on a different day.
Swift surprised fans with her Christmas song release earlier in December: Just months before, she released her seventh studio album, “Lover,” so her listeners weren’t expecting any new music.
Plus, artists typically release their jolly tunes in November, so they have enough time gain traction before the holidays begin. When Swift first revealed the song to fans, she acknowledged the quick turnaround but said she didn’t want to sit on the song until the 2020 holiday season.