A melancholy little tune, fitting for today’s theme of loss on my Facebook Friends List, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” comes from Meet Me In St. Louis, one of Metro Goldwin Mayer’s classic Golden-Age musicals. The movie, made in 1944, was directed by Judy Garland’s husband-to-be, Vincente Minnelli. (It’s their first film together. Liza was merely a glint in the eye at the time.) The movie from produced two hits for Garland. (“The Trolley Song” was the second.)
I can sing this song by heart, but it always leaves me sad afterward. The holidays aren’t always happy.