"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a Christmas song introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original. It was credited to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, although during a December 21, 2006 NPR interview, Martin said that Blane had encouraged him to write it but had not had anything more to do with doing so. In 2007, ASCAP ranked it the third most performed Christmas song written by ASCAP members of the past five years.


Christmas future is far away
Christmas past is past
Christmas present is here today
Bringing joy that will last

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 Yuletide 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

Appearances in Christmas specials

Album releases

Album Year Notes
Christmas with the Chipmunks, Vol. 2 1963
Merry Christmas from Sesame Street 1975 Sung by Ernie and Bert. This recording of the song later reappeared in the 1986 album Christmas on Sesame Street.
A Christmas Together 1979 Sung by Rowlf the Dog and John Denver.
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street 1981
Home Alone Christmas 1990
A Sesame Street Christmas 1995
A Flintstones Motown Christmas 1999 Covered by The Jackson 5.
Jingle Jangle Jingle with Hi-5 2004 Covered by Hi-5.
Disney's Merry Little Christmas 2006
A Green and Red Christmas 2006 Sung by Kermit the Frog.
Disney Channel Holiday 2007 Covered by The Cheetah Girls.
The Archies Christmas Album featuring Betty & Veronica 2008
Songs to Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas 2009 Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and the Frank DeVol Orchestra.
Mickey's Magical Holiday 2011 2011
Chipmunks Christmas 2012
Glee: The Music, the Christmas Album Volume 3 2012 Covered by New Directions, Puck, and Kurt.
That's Christmas to Me (Deluxe) 2015 Sung by Pentatonix.
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