“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas“ was first introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’.
Judy Garland’s character, Esther, sings the song to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O’Brien. They are disraught over leaving behind
their beloved old house in St. Louis and moving to New York City
so their father can take on a new job.
In 1944, as World War II was raging across Europe and the South Pacific, Garland’s song became popular among United States troops weary of war, uncertainty, and the loss of loved ones.
Her performance of this song at the Hollywood Canteen, a free entertainment club for servicemen on their way overseas, brought many soldiers to tears.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)