We Need a Little Christmas

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"We Need a Little Christmas" is a popular Christmas song originating from Jerry Herman's Broadway musical Mame, and first performed by Angela Lansbury in that 1966 production.[1]

In the musical, the song is performed after Mame has lost her fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and decides she, her young nephew Patrick, and her two household servants "need a little Christmas now" to cheer them up.[2] The original lyrics include the line, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week past Thanksgiving Day now!" Since the time the song was written the phenomenon of Christmas creep has resulted in the normal holiday season beginning much earlier than it once did, which has led to more recent recordings changing the line to, "But, Auntie Mame, it's one week from Thanksgiving Day now!"[citation needed]

Notable recordings[edit]


Percy Faith version
Charts (2005) Peak
Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents 25
Kimberley Locke version
Charts (2008) Peak
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 19
Glee Cast version
Charts (2010) Peak
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15


  1. ^ Crump, William D. (15 September 2001). The Christmas Encyclopedia, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 436. ISBN 978-1-4766-0573-9.
  2. ^ Collins, Ace (2010). Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas. Zondervan. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-310-32795-0.
  3. ^ Percy Faith & his Orchestra. "Christmas Is...Percy Faith". Columbia. November 1966.
  4. ^ The New Christy Minstrels. "Christmas with the Christies". Columbia. 1966.
  5. ^ Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra. "Broadway Tonight! Skitch Henderson & The Tonight Show Orchestra Play Music From 'Mame'". Columbia. July 1966.
  6. ^ Johnny Mathis. "Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis". Columbia. 23 September 1986.
  7. ^ The Muppets. "A Muppet Family Christmas". The Jim Henson Company/Disney. 1987.
  8. ^ Bugs Bunny & Friends. "Have Yourself a Merry Looney Tunes Christmas". Kid Rhino. 1994.
  9. ^ Mormon Tabernacle Choir. "We Need a Little Christmas...Christmas Special". 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ Legacy Five. "Little Christmas". Daywind. 18 December 2007.
  11. ^ Kimberley Locke. "Christmas". Curb. 6 November 2007.
  12. ^ Glee. "Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album". Columbia/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment. 16 November 2010.
  13. ^ Various Artists. "Holidays Rule". Hear Music. 30 October 2012.