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Fun Friday–Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Friday, December 4, 2009

What do you think of my new Christmas theme for the blog? Pretty snazzy, huh? 🙂

As mentioned last week, for the next three Fridays, I’m going to be sharing some favorite clips from some favorite Christmas specials (TV & movies)—and I hope you’ll reciprocate and do the same!

This week’s clip comes from a movie that I’d never seen until around this time last year when I caught it on Turner Classic Movies. From the name of the film, you’d never realize it’s a Christmas movie and that it contains one of the ultimate, most favorite/requested Christmas songs of all time.

The movie: Meet Me in St. Louis

The setup: Developed from a series of short stories which appeared in the New Yorker magazine, written by Sally Benson, Meet Me in St. Louis was one of the musicals made during the Golden Age of MGM musicals, made in 1944 and released in 1945. It stars, of course, Judy Garland along with Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames, and Tom Drake. It tells the story of the Smith family during the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Centennial celebration in, where else, St. Louis. The four Smith sisters’ lives—especially the oldest two—are turned upside-down when their father announces that he’s received a promotion at work and the family will be moving to New York City by year’s end.

The clip:

If you’ve never seen this movie, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen this movie, I highly recommend you watch it this holiday season!

Here’s your challenge . . . find a video clip of one of your favorite SONGS from a Christmas special and post the link here (or if you post it to your blog, share the link to your blog post).

  1. Friday, December 4, 2009 6:54 am

    That “tree” font is really cute! 🙂 And I can’t believe you only 1st saw Meet Me in St. Louis last year…my momma’s had me watching that movie since I was like 5! LOL!


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 4:57 pm

      I didn’t grow up watching MGM musicals. R&H, yes. MGM, no. Could have something to do with the fact that my parents went to see The Sound of Music on their first date.


  2. Friday, December 4, 2009 8:12 am

    I admit it. I’ve never seen this movie, either – but it’s on my list of things to watch, now! Thanks for sharing the clip!


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 4:58 pm

      Another good Judy Garland Christmas movie, though you wouldn’t know it from the title, is In the Good Old Summertime, which was a remake of The Shop Around the Corner.


      • Saturday, December 5, 2009 12:34 am

        LOVE Shop Around the Corner!!!!


      • Sunday, December 6, 2009 10:12 pm

        I will DEFINITELY look those up. I absolutely LOVE “Shop Around the Corner,” and am one of those people who, upon discovering “You’ve Got Mail” in progress, will stop and watch the rest of it . . .


  3. Friday, December 4, 2009 8:16 am

    I wonder if I’m the only reader of your blog who despises Christmas music and specials.


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 12:43 pm

      I like Christmas music (though mostly that recorded by my favorite artists: Dean, Frank, Bing, etc.), but I’m hard pressed to sit down and watch all but a very few Christmas movies/specials. Most of them are either sappy or annoying—or both. But I have two other favorites that are, I think, the penultimate classics of the season . . . which I’ll be highlighting the next two Fridays!


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 4:56 pm

      Oh, and the CD (well the MP3 download of it, anyway) I’ve been listening to most in the past couple of weeks hasn’t been Christmas music at all. It’s been the music soundtrack to the new Star Trek movie. Sometimes by itself and sometimes as part of my Michael Giacchino playlist, which includes his music from LOST as well. Then there’s all of the music I downloaded to have playing while I was finishing Ransome’s Crossing, from Pirates of the Caribbean, Captain Blood, Master & Commander, The Sea Hawk, Pirates of Penzance (only instrumentals), Mutiny on the Bounty, Captains Courageous, and Cutthroat Island.

      I need to figure out what music is going to inspire me and spur my imagination for Love Remains . . . though, so far, Michael Giacchino’s soundtracks seem to be working for me.


  4. Friday, December 4, 2009 9:54 am

    I took your challenge while I should be working. LOL See my blog

    I’ve never watched Meet me In St. Louis all the way through.


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 5:01 pm

      It’s a cute movie . . . you should give it a shot. It has a lot of great music in it other than this song as well: “The Boy Next Door,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” and “The Trolley Song.” And, of course, it has a little romance in it as well.


  5. Friday, December 4, 2009 10:18 am

    Kaye, you’ve all ready got me covered. This IS my favorite Christmas song!!! Part because it’s great, part sentimental value…the song (and movie) was my paternal grandfather’s favorite Christmas song. He died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve when my dad was nineteen, so it’s special to my dad, and myself. Kind of a connection to the grandfather I never knew.

    Anyway. Didn’t mean for that to go long, but yeah, it’s my favorite Christmas song! And Judy Garland, to me, is the only person who’s suppose to sing it. 😉 Kinda like Bing Crosby, to me, is the only guy to sing White Christmas.


    • Friday, December 4, 2009 5:03 pm

      As I’ve already mentioned, I much prefer hearing Christmas songs sung by the vocalists from the Golden Age of music (and musicals). 🙂 After all, the Dean Martin Christmas album is my favorite—right next to the Christmas with the Rat Pack!


  6. Friday, December 4, 2009 1:39 pm

    I love your Christmas decorations! I’ve never seen that movie. It looks great so I’m going to watch it. Thanks for sharing.


  7. Audrey permalink
    Sunday, December 6, 2009 6:54 pm

    One of my favorites is “Believe” by Josh Groban. It’s from the soundtrack of the movie, “The Polar Express”.
    I just feel that sometimes I can relate to the song. Growing up, I loved Christmas but as I got older, it really did seem the magic of it started to slip away during the season, I wasn’t as excited for it as i used to be, until Christmas morning came, when I really believed in the Christmas magic.

    I also really like “As Long As There’s Christmas” from Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. It just says that the best gift we can possibly recieve is the gift of Hope.


  8. Sunday, December 13, 2009 6:02 pm

    Here’s mine! Someday my sister and I will have big blue feather fans and blue rhinestone butterflies.


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