My favorite Christmas song, easily, is the originally-performed version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The mixture of hope for better things to come and sadness over things and people long gone are quite poignant, at least to me. Alas, as some of you probably know (and as this wonderful Entertainment Weekly article explains) the song's lyrics were later changed to make them more unambiguously upbeat. Today alone, I've heard the phrase "hang a shining star upon the highest bough" at least four or five times. Thus, and in agreement with the minority of modern musicians who have discovered the superiority of the old lyrics, I feel compelled to present the proper version for your holiday enjoyment.