When it comes to favorite Christmas carols, I have at least a mitt full. But “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” with its slow, thoughtful melody, has always struck me as a unique, beautiful carol tinged with melancholy.
The lyrics speak not of gifts, Santa Clause and snow. To me, this song subtly soothes the downtrodden, folks who've had a rough year. In its opening words, “Have yourself...” it echoes the way we insist someone do something nice for themselves when they don't think they should or can (“Go treat yourself to a new dress.”) It gives one permission to enjoy the holiday despite the woes, the pain and the losses of this year...”let your heart be light.”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” offers hope (“Through the years, we all will be together”) with a shade of uncertainty (“If the fates allow”), which implores us to savor this moment, this Christmas. After all, who knows what will happen between this holiday season and the next? So say your “I love you's,” share a hug, a smile, and some egg nog.
And go ahead, have yourself a merry little Christmas.
(Dedicated to the Maxwell, Evans, Haynes/Graham and Jenkins families...and all families that suffered loss this year.)
Really nice rendition by Coldplay.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight
Make the yuletide gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas now