Have yourself a merry little Christmas.  Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, and her recording became popular among United States troops serving in World War II.

Today we find ourselves fighting a very different battle.  Just like that war, this struggle also separates us from our loved ones at a time of the year we usually spend together in celebration – catching the latest movie or attending church or other cultural events.  Unfortunately, many such performances have been canceled.  This year’s Nutcracker must be extraordinarily different than in past years to avoid sharing a similar fate.

Honoring COVID restrictions, there will be no live Nutcracker performances this year.  Instead, each dance segment will be filmed separately – some will even be recorded elsewhere in our community. We’ll then cobble together all this footage into a unique film that you can watch on-demand with your family in the safety and comfort of your own homes.

Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.

Until that day comes, like Clara in The Nutcracker, we can all dream of visiting a fantastic place where beautiful music and dance is performed for many years to come.

So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

The Nutcracker will be available On-Demand starting Christmas Eve at

This month the PAC Kid Spotlight recognizes Central Hardin High School’s Holly Haas.  Be sure to catch her in The Nutcracker On-Demand later this month at
Learn more about Holly and all the students we’ve recognized over the years.

Watch the interview here: