Adolphe Adam (July 1803 â€“ 3 May 1856) practically made cute Christmas commercials possible. A French composer and music critic, Adam wrote a Christmas carol titled Minuit, chrÃ©tiens! in 1844, which was later translated (and likely butchered...that's what we do!) to "O Holy Night". He also composed ballets and operas. Few of his ballets include Giselle (1841) and Le corsaire (1856). When that Mercedes commercial comes up next December, you'll thank us for this information.