Richard has written songs with quite a few talented writers over the years, but one person he always wanted to write with was Walter Afanasieff, who cowrote and produced most of Mariah Carey’s albums among many others. The two finally got together and over the course of a few hours came up with the basic structure of this song. Again, on the drive home, Richard found himself overwhelmed by the idea of ‘tears of joy’ relating to the harshness of life juxtaposed against the redeeming quality of the Christmas story. He nearly got in an accident trying to write down his ideas in the car as they poured out. Filmed at Richard Gibbs Woodshed Record Studio, Richard and Walter perform their classic song with just voice and piano.