|Written 1950||Language English|
|Writer(s) Irving Taylor Dudley Brooks Hal Stanley|
"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag" is a Christmas song written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley. The "man with the bag" is a reference to Santa Claus, who drops off presents from his sleigh to people who have been "extra special good".
The song was originally made popular by Kay Starr and regularly appeared on Billboard’s list of most popular Christmas songs in the early 1950s. It has been covered by many artists, including The Brian Setzer Orchestra. The TV show Ally McBeal borrowed the song’s title for a December 11, 2000 episode that featured Vonda Shepard singing the song. Her version was included in the holiday album Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas. The album received positive reviews and several critics cited Shephard’s version of the song as the album's highlight. Diana Krall, 2001