Saturday, December 24, 2016

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Here is hoping that you find Joy in your Christmas.  So many bloggers seem to have hard time getting through this time of year.  I've been there, but I know that we can all move on and enJOY the loved ones we have with us today.
My favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  It is not a cheerful song, but it has helped me get through some difficult times at Christmas.  And if you read the story of the lyrics at the link I provided, you can read how the song has changed over the years.  I listen to a young Judy Garland sing it in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis, have a good cry if need be, and go out to face the world.  

I hope that each of you can find JOY and Have a Merry Little Christmas.

12 comments:

  1. I don't know, its probably because I'm morbid myself but the lyrics "it may be your last" would have struck with me and probably been "okay." As our parents were aging (and all have passed by now) hubby and me would always wonder from Christmas to Christmas who would be alive by the next Christmas. It is a reality, but then of course Christmas should be "upbeat" and "happy" in songs sung about it.

    It was an interesting article to read. I didn't even know the song was part of a movie. My sister would have known that though because she liked the movies from that era.

    Merry Christmas!

    betty

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    1. My husband's family was rather morbid, always wondering when someone would die. Many lived into their 90's, so I guess it was inevitable, but it was a popular subject at family gatherings. Yeesh.

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  2. Merry Christmas. Yes I've had too many Christmas, where I was depressed, after my son died in 2003. I am ashamed to say, I spent a good 8 years in grief. But I am comfortable in saying, it is behind me now. I know how to protect myself from too much over sentimentality and I realize how good I have it. There are so many I know, who are now going through what I have passed through.My heart goes out to them. I can only pray, they can get through it quicker and more complete than I did.

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    1. It is never a good time of year to lose a loved one, but it is especially hard at the holidays, even if we are just remembering the last holiday when they celebrated with us. My step-daughter died at 17 and that was very difficult for my husband.

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  3. That song sung only by her makes me cry. I think all the lights and presents are meant to distract us that it can be a dark and difficult time of year.

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    1. Oh, I forgot to mention, I love the image of your Joy plate and place setting.

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    2. Those were pretty JOY plates, paper and didn't need washing.

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  4. Thank you for this, Denise. The day, even the season, can be such a challenge foe some. Working for a hospice provider, I understand well that each day, even the crappy ones, is a gift. It's up to us to find something in that day for which to be grateful.

    Another good song is Dolly Parton singing "Hard Candy Christmas." I've listened to her sing "I'm barely getting through tomorrow, but still I won't let sorrow bring me down." Resilience.

    Happy Christmas!

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    1. I don't think I have heard that Dolly Parton song. I'll have to look it up. I saw a sign in Hallmark that said 'Put your cowgirl boots on and pony up'.

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  5. My family had a Christmas Eve guest - a friend of my mother in law. Years ago, the friend's son was killed by a drunk driver on December 22. The holidays are hard for her even now but she spends the season helping others in the apartment complex where she lives - what an inspiration. I do love this song. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Every family dreads that knock on the door by the local authorities. I had a young cousin killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve. She was thrown from the car. When the police arrived they found her but were unaware that she had been holding her baby (before car seats) because the driver was hospitalized and unconscious. When the police knocked on the door of her parents home they asked about the baby. The cops went back to the scene and found the baby in some bushes, cold but alive. I think taking care of that infant is what got my cousin through those dark Christmas days. Somehow we all find it in us to carry on.

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  6. I'm catching up and this is so lovely...your dinner table. I love this song as well and Judy...well, she's perfect

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