History of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. The song first appeared in a scene in Meet Me in St. Louis, in which a family is distraught by the father’s plans to move the family to New York City for a job promotion, leaving behind their beloved home in St. Louis, Missouri, just before the long-anticipated 1904 World’s Fair begins and, in a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland’s character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister. Some of the original lyrics that were penned by Martin were rejected before filming began as Garland’s co-star Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli foundthe song to be depressing, and asked the lyrics be changed. Though he initially resisted, Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat, such as the final “Let your heart be light, Next year all our troubles will be out of sight” and Garland’s version became popular among United States troops serving in World War II.

(Source: wikipedia.org; Image: Giphy)

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