Merry Christmas

This time of year, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle, the bustle, the have to’s and need to’s. Some folks thrive on this and prepare all year for the final hurrah of the year.


I’m really, really not one of them.


I never have really been that “into” Christmas – there’s many reasons for it, some reserved for my therapist. For the most part, though, I endure.  With the loss of my dad and several friends, it’s harder and harder to find the joy in the season.


There are a few things that I do look forward to at this time of year: The (original!) Grinch, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Special, and songs like the one below.


This song resonates with me because it reminds me that having a light heart is a choice, and something to seek, and we find it in faithful friends and family.


So from my little family to yours: Have yourself a very, merry little Christmas.


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Music composed by Hugh Martin, lyrics by Ralph Blane

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Let your heart be light

From now on,

our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

Make the Yule-tide gay,

From now on,

our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,

Happy golden days of yore.

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Gather near to us once more.

Through the years

We all will be together,

If the Fates allow

Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.

And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.


Image courtesy of Clipart Library

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