Dan + Shay set out to write a Christmas song the day they ended up writing "From the Ground Up." They started talking about snow, as they thought snow building from the ground up was an interesting metaphor for a relationship that had lasted 65 years. Smyers recalled to The Boot
: "We got about three lines in, and we were like, 'We should make this a real song. This feels special.'"
Forty-five minutes later they had a completed song.