"From now on, we'll have to muddle through somehow/So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas now."
December 15, 2007 9:12 PM Subscribe
"Emotionally ambivalent" Christmas Songs?
posted by Jaybo to media & arts (40 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
An Entertainment Weekly article last year about the song "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" said:
"'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' manages to be happy and sad at the same time, hopeful but full of melancholy, as all the best Christmas songs are,' says Bette Midler, who sings it on her new CD, Cool Yule. And the song's fascinatingly tangled history has left it with several very different sets of lyrics, from the near-suicidal to the downright ebullient. There's even a recent 'sacred' rewrite, 'Have Yourself a Blessed Little Christmas.' Which one you prefer may be the truest Rorschach test of your yuletide temperament."
So, in addition to "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", I'd like to know which other Christmas songs strike that balance between happy and sad, hopeful but melancholic for you?