We need a little Christmas
The lyrics of this song have always been uplifting. And just the melody by itself – well it’s one of those tunes that gets stuck in my head and I find myself humming. Last week, when I was thinking about what I was going to write about for Christmas – I was a little stuck. Being such a sorrowful time here in Newtown, I looked for some sort of inspiration. I pulled a book off my library wall titled ‘A Family Christmas’; a collection of Christmas stories, letters, poems, and songs – some of them centuries old – compiled by Caroline Kennedy. It turned out that I didn’t really need to look any further than the very first page. It spoke to me – it was perfect.
I believe I first heard this song many moons ago from the original Broadway musical soundtrack, ‘Mame’ – as Angela Lansbury belted out this uplifting tune in the depths of her Christmastime blues. I loved it then and I love it for right now. Especially when I read just the lyrics as a stand alone poem. It gave me a good feeling.
The photos are a peek into a recent photo shoot here at Connecticut Country House – a tough one to get through last week – canceling, re-scheduling, slow motion Me (because my head and heart were just not into it). A friend came by the next day as everything was still set up and sort of frozen in time – took one look at my slow motion efforts and became all choked up, saying that it’s just what she needed right now – a little Christmas filled with a touch of beauty, warmth, and quiet joy. That moment I knew that all the hard fought effort I put into this ill-timed shoot was worth it.
Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet
Yes, we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry
But Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry
So climb down the chimney
Turn on the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen
Slice up the fruitcake
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough
For I’ve grown a little leaner
Grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder
Grown a little older
And I need a little angel
Sitting on my shoulder
Need a little Christmas now
For we need a little music
Need a little laughter
Need a little singing
Ringing through the rafter
And we need a little snappy
“Happy ever after”
Need a little Christmas now.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
I’m glad you found solace in the words of that beautiful song. I have been following your blog for a while, & had been meaning to post a comment thanking you for showing me how to get the Christmas wrapping done properly and then tragedy struck your community. It’s at times like this when people really show that they are there for one and other and I’m sure that will help Newtown to recover from this dreadful loss.