My favorite Christmas carol is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I’ve always loved the sweet simplicity of the sentiment. And though some might say the lyrics are sad, I’ve always found the words to be hopeful, the melody a perfect representation of the feel of the season.
One of my most-treasured gifts from my kids is a framed piece that my daughter, Andrea, gave me in 1999. She knew this was may favorite carol, and she hand-painted the lyrics and framed it.
Her gift is all the more special each time I recall the challenging teen years with Andrea, and age 17 was probably one of the most difficult, as we were in the middle of deciding which college she would attend–a very emotional time for both of us!
I’ve placed these lyrics on my fireplace mantle every year since 1999.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was originally written for Judy Garland to sing in the musical, Meet Me in St. Louis. For a complete history, click HERE.
Though Ms. Garland’s rendition is beautiful, I like the more hopeful lyrics that appear in Andrea’s gift better.
Here’s a bit of trivia. I didn’t know the meaning of yuletide or yore when I first heard this song. In case you don’t either, here are their definitions:
yuletide – the Christmas season
yore – time long past
What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas carol by Sunday, 12/4/16 at 5:00 p.m. (CST) to be entered in a drawing to receive this 5×7 hand-painted original Christmas card. (Blank inside, includes envelope.)
I will post winner on this blog and notify on Sunday evening.