Saturday, December 04, 2010

Merry Christmas, everybody. We just finished putting up our lights.

Below is my all-time favorite Christmas scene from a movie, even including It's A Wonderful Life. Few people now realize what a sad song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" was when it was first sung by Judy Garland in the timeless Meet Me In Saint Louis. It was a lullaby meant to cheer both the singer and the listener at a time of loss and uncertainty. It reminds us to try to enjoy Christmas: hope for better times if we're down, or time again someday with lost loved ones. This Christmas I dedicate it to my brother-in-law, Curt, who just lost his best friend in a shooting accident.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, everybody. "Muddle through somehow."

(For some reason it can't be shared, so you'll have to click on the link above and view it at Youtube.)


Mariah said...

Oh my mean Scott was your brother-in-law's best friend? I was at the funeral & heard him speak. Scott is my cousin's husband. Small world, and what a tragedy!

I never knew that about that song, I need to watch that movie.

Sally said...

Lovely. Thanks for reminding me of that song, Emily.
Sometimes, with all the pressures of life and despite loving Christmas, it is hard to see it as anything other than yet another hurdle to leap as the preparations pile on more pressures and stress. And one never quite manages to achieve the total organisation in advance, or the perfect presentation for which one has strived (at least I don't!).
"Muddling through somehow" just about describes Christmas in our house, but maybe that is how it should be. In seeking perfection, perhaps we lose sight of the spirit of Christmas.
Yup, you and Judy have cheered me up and I won't feel so bad about muddling through another Christmas.
Well done on the lights, it will be a miracle if ours are up any time in the next fortnight.
Have yourselves a merry little Christmas, family Mabey-Swensen!

Big Bahama Mama said...

I forget how stunning she is. Thanks for posting this--I'm going to go cry now.

Anonymous said...

On reflection "cheered me up" was probably not the best expression to use! Rather I should have said that you and Judy have reminded me that probably almost everyone else muddles through Christmas too, which is encouraging.