Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 12 Days of Christmas Carols

“So many Christmas songs…so little time”

#4 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

If someone offers you good advice, TAKE IT!

There are a few songs that must be on your Christmas playlist, or it just wouldn’t be complete! “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is one of them. I have heard dozens of versions of this song, and they all seem to have the same effect. The melody grips you and the words pin an emotion that is difficult to ignore.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was written for the movie Meet Me in St. Louis in 1943 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. It was first introduced by the character played by Judy Garland. It has since gone through several word and phrase changes, but one thing has remained the same – it is a classic and it will never grow old.

I was going to save this one for later in my 12-day challenge, but I felt someone needed to hear the message in this song a little sooner, and perhaps take it literally. The message of the song is simple – have a merry Christmas – in spite of it all! If there were a moment in time that we need to hear and understand that message, that time is now.

Things are not perfect. Normal is no longer normal. Uncertainty seems to be certain. But there is hope and expectancy in the future, so ‘have yourself a merry little Christmas…now!’

As the weekend approaches, think about the words of this song and take them literally. Find a way to make things work. If faithful friends ‘gather near to us’ by way of computers, be grateful for that connection and ZOOM away! ‘Through the years we all will be together’ again.

I have chosen a couple of my favorite performances of the song. Do you have one that you enjoy? Which one? If I didn’t include your favorite, share it with me!

Leave your comments below!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

JOHN LEGEND AND ESPERANZA SPALDING – You can’t help but smile and enjoy this couple singing the classic!

ELLA FITZGERALD – Ella adds flavor to the song, and for many reasons, I truly appreciate the line “until then we have to muddle through somehow” this year!

MICHAEL BUBLE’ – Michael is now in the ranks of Andy Williams with Christmas songs for me – there isn’t a Christmas song he sings that I don’t like!

Traci D. Fuller, Pearls and Pretty Pens © 2020

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