We Need a Little Christmas

Today is the 24th of May and there remains only 215 days in our countdown to Christmas.

On this date of May 24th in 1966 the Broadway musical Mame made it’s debut starring Angela Lansbury in the title role, bringing the song (and many others) We Need a Little Christmas to the vast collection of classics that gets replayed, re-recorded and remembered so much every holiday season.

Like some other songs of Christmas some artists play fast and loose with the lyrics of this song. In the stage production, the song is set after Mame has lost her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and she sings it to bring a little cheer to her nephew and household servants. In response they say, “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now!” The modern advent of Christmas creep has caused some to change those lyrics now to say “But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week from Thanksgiving Day now!”

Christmas is at the forefront today as well because Christmas Eve is exactly seven months from today.

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