‘My Love’s an Arbutus’

It’s my custom, around Christmas-time, to post this, My Love’s an Arbutus, performed by the Fairhaven Singers. I’ve never seen an arbutus, and there’s but a tenuous connection between this song and Christmas. It’s used as Alice’s theme–the girl young Scrooge should have loved and married–in A Christmas Carol, the 1951 classic starring Alistair Sim. We watch it every year, and it never, never fails to move us. If its message of redemption and renewal is not the Christmas message, well, then, I don’t know what is.