The timing is perfect for this song of the week as the lyrics talk about getting into the Christmas spirit a week before American Thanksgiving though I did read that the original song contained the words “Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now”. Apparently the word change reflects the fact that signs of Christmas start earlier and earlier as you may have noticed.
“We Need a Little Christmas” was first performed by the wonderful actor Angela Lansbury (star of radio, stage and screen since 1944) in the 1966 production of the musical “Mame” written by Jerry Herman who also gave us Hello Dolly and La Cage Aux Folles. The play takes place during the great Wall Street Crash of 1929. The lead character, Mame, sadly loses her fortune but in an effort to lift everyone’s spirits decides that she, her young nephew and the two household servants, even though its early, “need a little Christmas now”.
This is a great pre-holiday tune that sets the mood for the upcoming season. It isn’t one of the most popular ones so it will be appreciated as a song everyone knows but doesn’t hear a million times before Christmas. The song is uplifting and joyful with a catchy melody and a wonderful happy tempo.