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I love Broadway musicals. I grew up listening to the records my Mother brought with us to South Africa all the way from England. She kept them in the old trunk that traveled with us on the boat. Most of them were records of the musicals she attended in London with my biological Father before I was born.

I have always preferred musical pieces that are accompanied by singing. I find happy songs very uplifting and often fortify myself on the way to work in the mornings by listening to a favourite song just before I arrive it tends to lift my mood for the whole day.

The musical, Mame, that opened on Broadway in 1966, starred Angela Lansbury and Bea Author. It was based on a novel written in 1955 by Patrick Dennis called Auntie Mame.

The musical tells the story of Mame Dennis a wealthy woman who lives an eccentric lifestyle, surrounded by her clique of arty friends. Mame refused to interrupt her madcap lifestyle when her 10-year old nephew comes to live with her and, instead, introduces him to her rather unorthodox outlook on life. Mame loses all her money in the 1929 Wall Street and she pursues a number of jobs with her usual style and flair.

Mame meets a wealthy Southern plantation owner and marries him. They embark on an endless honeymoon and Patrick goes to boarding school. After her husband dies in an accident, Mame returns home just in time to save Patrick from marrying the wrong girl.

My favourite song from Mame is We need a little Christmas.

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 light 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
I need a little Christmas now
Haul out the holly
Well, once I taught you all to live each living day
Fill up the stocking
But auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now
But we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet
And 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
It’s been a long time since I felt good, neighborly
Slice up the fruitcake
It’s time we hung some tinsel on that mayberry bough
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet
And we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
We need a little Christmas now
We need a little Christmas now
We need a little Christmas now
Songwriters: Jerry Herman
We Need a Little Christmas lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc