ROSEMARY HARRIS: A little bird told me that later on this week the JRs will be talking about holiday music. For it or against it? I'm going to show my hand just a little bit today. No, not the full-blown Holly Jolly or Feliz Navidad, but a song from Mame - We Need a Little Christmas.I haven't seen the movie in years (must Netflix) but something terrible had just happened - stock market crash? - and Auntie Mame's reaction was to "haul out the holly" because she needed a little Christmas. Whether it was December or July.
I've needed a little Christmas in the past few weeks, as have so many others, particularly in my area of the country. Those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Those of us still reeling from the horrific attack in Sandy Hook. And those for whom the holiday season may not be a joyous one, whether it's because of financial difficulties, personal loss or the feelings of sadness and depression that seem so common at this time of year. We ALL need a little Christmas (or Hanukah...or Kwanzaa, you get the picture) and the feelings of warmth, compassion and optimism it brings.
I'm haulin' out the holly. In the last two days I've forced myself to shop. And bake. Watch dvds instead of the news. And not cry every time I see a school bus. Or a child in the supermarket.
For most of us life will go on and things will get back to normal. Like they do after every tragic event. And even Christmas will come.
Good. We need it.
Here's Jessica Fletcher..I mean Angela Lansbury, haulin' out the holly.