Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

A bit of holiday twittering today:

I realize this is possibly the least important topic of all time. But I’m just curious if anyone else reacts badly to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”? I know it’s a beloved classic, I know it brings tears to the eyes of the audience in the movie, and I even know that my interpretation, ripped out of the context of the movie, barely even makes sense. And yet….the phrase “merry little Christmas” has always struck me as unbearably condescending. Like “cute little thing” or “something for the little people.” It makes me wince every time I hear it.

Anyone else ever feel this way? Or is it just some bizarre Drumism?

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