Why “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is the perfect carol for 2020

Margaret O’Brien and Judy Garland in a scene from “Meet Me in St Louis.” Photo: MGM/New York Times

At the risk of stating the obvious, it has been a shit year. From civil unrest to wildfires to political strife to, yes, a pandemic which has killed more than 1.6 million people globally (nearly 300,000 of them in the US alone), 2020 has been our collective annus horribilis.