Young Carrie Underwood Delivers Dazzling Rendition Of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

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Carrie Underwood Has Been Performing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” Long Before It Appeared On Her First Christmas Record, My Gift

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been a holiday staple for decades. The song was written in 1943 and was first performed in 1944 by actress and singer Judy Garland in the Christmas musical movie Meet Me in St. Louis.

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Notable renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Sam Smith, and John Legend. Many country artists have also covered the song, including Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood.

Underwood included “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on her 2020 Christmas album, My Gift. She followed up by performing the song on various holiday specials, including the 2021 Christmas in Rockefeller Center celebration.

But Underwood has been singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” for far longer. A search for her rendition brings up results from years ago, including one video posted on YouTube in 2008.

Watch A Younger Underwood Sing The Same Holiday Tune Years Ago

The throwback video shows a young Underwood singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with just a few musicians backing her up. She was surrounded by a bunch of Christmas trees and bright red poinsettias.

Underwood’s performance was sweet and delicate. It’s no wonder why over 460,000 people have watched this particular video since it was posted.

Some of the comments on the clip include:

She looks so young! But this is still an incredible song and she sings is wonderfully.”

“Sung purely, the way it was written.  Beautiful voice, perfect phrasing with no added multiple extra notes where they do not belong which so many vocalists today  do to the great songs that have been written and remain classically beautiful.”

“This was the same year as her win on American Idol, she has grown so much as a performer.”

Head below to watch Underwood’s dazzling past performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” We love how she’s continued to sing this classic holiday tune throughout her career.