A Wonderful Oldie for This Christmas Season: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [25 Days of Holiday Songs]

Today’s “25 Days of Holiday Songs” post is written by Venus of Blueberry Creative Designs. Venus talks about one of her favorite Christmas songs,. a timeless classic, and her favorite version. Thanks, Venus for your wonderful write-up!

Happy Holidays! I Want to thank aisasami for the opportunity to be part of this lovely Christmas challenge. Today I am going to share one of my favorite Christmas songs: an oldie (because I am old school all the way to the ‘20s!) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Oh! How I love this song! It brings me a mixture of memories that warm my heart. The song itself has a peaceful vibe, and I listened to it all the time when I was away from home. Every song has its own unique story, and I wanted to share with you this particular song’s tale. 

You have probably listened to this beautiful song in the voice of Michael Bublé or Kelly Clarkson, but we are going to rewind all the way to the ’40s to meet the creators behind this song.      

Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, composers, and songwriters, contributed to many Broadway musicals and movie scores. Their creativity led them to write musical scores for many famous productions earning them several Oscar and Tony nominations.

It is believed that this song was written in the 1940s. MGM used it in the 1944 movie “Meet Me in St. Louis”, and performed by the fabulous Jury Garland. Before she sang this song in the movie, she requested to make a few changes to make it more cheerful.  

It was an instant hit.

A few years later, a world-famous star brought it back to life. I am talking about none other than Mr. Frank Sinatra, who rendered this song in his Christmas album “A Jolly Christmas” with a slight change of lyrics to make it more upbeat.

It was magic.

Since then, it was performed by many heavyweights of the golden era like the one and only Ella Fitzgerald.

However, in my heart, my champion for this song will always be Frank Sinatra. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is timeless. It can make you feel nostalgic or hopeful, you can reminiscence your childhood, or bring great memories to you and your family.

Either way, this song will stay for us to share with the generations to come. 

Have a Merry Christmas Y’all!

Venus | Blueberry Creative Designs


Lyrics

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Let your heart be light

From now on, our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Make the yule-tide gay

From now on, our troubles will be miles away

Here were are as in olden days

Happy golden days of 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

And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. I like the Judy Garland version better. She had a remarkable voice.

  2. This is indeed a Christmas classic, and one that becomes more and more meaningful the older a person gets. I’m not even going to explain that. The more sensitive Millennials will find out in their own time, as the calendar pages keep turning.
    There’s a pronounced bittersweet quality that this song was built around, and it’s the singers who can really tap into that with their voices who do this song best.
    One of my very favorite renditions is by Karen Carpenter, because she had that “saudade” (look it up) quality in her voice naturally. She couldn’t keep from expressing it even if she tried to. Karen could sing a song like ‘Sing’ (“sing of happy, not sad”) and it would still come out sounding a little sad. Ha! Love it!
    ~ D-FensDogG @ STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’

  3. Sinatra is definitely one of the best. Christmas songs always bring me joy! I have a dedicated playlist and can’t stop listening to it.

  4. I love Christmas!😁 This is really beautiful!

  5. yay ella fitzgerald is my favorite. they are all beautiful.

  6. Dearest Amy, it was a pleasure to participate in this blogmas challenge, thank you! Mr. Frank Sinatra is ❤
    Happy Holidays! 🎄🎁⭐🎅

  7. I love how you provide background info about the songs and their origins! This is an oldie but a goodie and is on our Christmas playlist each year for Christmas morning

  8. I grew up listening to Christmas albums of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Bing Crosby. I love the version of Frank Sinatra. Listening to it brought back memories of my dad putting the record on the turntable for us to listen to every night of Advent.

  9. Brings back memories with grandma and grandpa during christmas, these are their songs 🙂 . Ahhh i missed them. Merry Christmas!

  10. This is one of my favorites! There are so many fabulous versions. Sam Smith’s is my new favorite.

  11. Wonderful song. I agree with you that Frank Sinatra’s version is the best.

  12. Such a beautiful song! I love the oldies when it comes to Christmas music

  13. Wow! Thank you for sharing this with us! Now, I have new Christmas songs! Love it

  14. The Judy Garland version though! Definitely adding that to my Christmas playlist.

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