Friday, December 10, 2010

Pink Saturday/ Favorite Christmas Movie



Hello, Dear Ones and welcome to Pink Saturday which is hosted by Our Most Dear Pink Beverly at How Sweet Sound! Beverly has suggested we share our favorite Christmas movie this week.

Well, there are so many I love, but Meet Me In St. Louis is my favorite. I know some folks think this may not be a Christmas movie but to me it is and I'll share about that reason later on.

The movie's star is Judy Garland.
I love Judy Garland and COULD SHE SING!
And she does some singing in this movie too.

The movie is about a well to do family living in a lovely Victorian home in a growing town.
There are four beautiful daughters in the family and this movie is filled
with the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit family.
The family is so excited as they are awaiting the arrival of the 1904 World's Fair.


The rooms are gorgeous, the costumes are amazing,
there's singing and dancing and
the family loves each other
and it will warm your heart.
The two oldest daughters are looking for love.


Have you all heard The Trolley Song?
- clang, clang, clang went the trolley,
ding, ding, ding went the bell
zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings
from the moment I saw him I fell ~

Esther, played by Judy Garland, is in love with the boy next door
and he doesn't know she exists.
How many songs have been written about this? :)
Here she's singing her little sadness of heart, pining away for that boy.
Wasn't she pretty?


Well, Esther got the guy and so did her sister!!
But when these sisters got their Mr. Rights,
Daddy announced he's accepted a promotion
and they'll be moving to New York!
This happens at Christmas time.


Their lovely home in the snow.


The joy of the season was just crushed in the hearts of the children
because they did not want to leave their home and their soon to be husbands.


Do you remember Margaret O'Brien, the child actress? Oh, I loved her too.
She was so animated and had the cutest little whispery voice.
Here Esther came home and found little sis Tootie ( Margaret )
crying because she was afraid Santa Claus won't be able to find them in New York.
So Esther takes her little sister in her arms trying to comfort her and sings
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
and I cry every time I hear it.

... from the web...then Tootie runs in her nightgown from the house - and hysterically and maniacally decapitates the Christmas snowmen. She bludgeons and destroys them because they cannot go to New York with the family: "Nobody's going to have them. Not everybody's going to New York. I'd rather kill them if we can't take them with us." Esther vainly attempts to comfort her utterly despairing sister by kneeling and embracing her.



Now I'll share with you why this little movie touches my heart the way it does.
On two occasions in our live with our family,
we've had to move right before Christmas time because of a promotion for Mr. Precious.
My children went through the same whys, tears and don't want to goes
and we don't understand just like in the movie.
We did move those two times and our lives were all the better because of it.
But when we're children sometimes we think
our lives will be over if we leave our most familiar surroundings.


Dear Ones, when I was 13, my Daddy decided we'd leave Alabama and move to Texas to a better job for himself and my Mother wouldn't have to work outside the home any more.
I must tell you my tiny life was crushed and I cried all the way to Texas! I knew I'd never have friends again. I was scared and I know now that I was making it very hard for my parents.
End of the story ~ my life was forever changed! And for the better! I loved Texas! I made lots and lots of new friends. Hey, they liked my accent! :) I got a new doggie! Found a new church and met my first boyfriend! (it wasn't Mr. Precious, so don't tell him)


So my tiny heart strings are attached to this syrupy sweet musical.
I hope if you've never seen it and it comes on TV one night, you'll watch it.

Please go on over now and visit our Dear Pink Beverly for more favorite Christmas movies.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(I'm crying now) :(


Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay,
From now on,
our troubles will be miles away.

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

Through the years
We all will be together,
If the Fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.
~ sung by Judy Garland



39 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness this is my all time fav movie! Love everything about it :) Thanks for having such a wonderful blog.

    Kelli
    lovelyvintagecountrylife.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi Shelia, I agree, I think it is a great Christmas movie and it is one of my favorite's. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holiday's. Terri

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  3. What a wonderful post, Shelia! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories and reminding me about that lovely movie--maybe I'll watch it tonight with my daughters!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Julie

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  4. I haven't seen that movie in years. And I do love the song. It's on my fav holiday album....guess I'll have the chance to write about it next Sat. Thanks so much for sharing this, I'm gonna go out and rent it. Can't wait to see it again!
    Happy Pink Saturday,
    ~Marilee

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  5. That is such a touching story! It is so hard on the little ones but they are resilient and will bounce back. We moved only once when I was 13 and that was the worst age to uproot. Not sure if I am better or worse for it! Guess we will never know.

    I've never seen this movie and have lived here in St. Louis almost all my life!!

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  6. Loved the movie and Judy...
    Nothing like the old musicals.
    Charming post Sheila.
    Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  7. Dear Shelia, what a lovely post, sniff, sniff. I love Judy Garland movies (and Doris Day). It's been a while since I've seen this one :o) Do you know, I've been looking for 'It's A Wonderful Life' dvd for my son for years, without success. He would so like to see it as all he's ever seen are little snippets on tv.
    Well, I'm so glad I stopped by. Have a blessed weekend, dear friend.
    Hugs

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  8. I loved all your pictures, they are so beautiful. I'll be renting this movie, I hope Netflix has it, it sounds like a fun movie to watch.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  9. Happy PS! Yes, what a wonderful classic.. I am getting too many to revisit with this PS!! I guess I know how my weekend will be spent!
    Smiles~
    Cat

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  10. I have watched it more then once.. love those old movies and any movie Judy Garland was in I watched...I use to love all the musicals...guess I thought about the same way you did when I was a kid....and still now....I too moved away at the age of 14 and cryed all the way. God Bless Trish

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  11. Happy Pink Saturday! God Bless you and keep you safe ....slow down and enjoy the season...don't forget it is Jesus who shine the brightest for us all...I forgot about this movie it is one I love too...very nice post

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  12. Sweet post Shelia!

    I was a "military brat" for several years as a child. We moved a tad bit.:-)

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  13. Very sweet post and story. I love happily ever after stories. Kinda of silly... but one of my parents affectionate nick-names for each other was Louie. They liked the movie too. My mom traveled from Philadelphia to Kearney, Nebraska at age 17 to marry my dad who was stationed there in 1945. When my dad passed away in 2006 they had been married 60 years.

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  14. Sheila,
    Great post. Now one can sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Chrismas" like Judy. Thanks for posting!

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  15. Wow! Shelia...I loved hearing about this Movie and how it played into your life! I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but the music is often played during the holidays!

    And, you are a Texas Gal! I bet everyone loved your accent...I have one too! Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas!

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  16. I do love this movie... when Judy sings "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" my heart swells with emotion.
    Gwenny

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  17. I've never seen this film but it sound GORGEOUS. Excuse me while I dab my eyes *sob*.

    I LOVE a good Christmassy movie. With a crackling fire...and a glass of something warming...BLiss!!

    Sarahx

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  18. Awwww...yes I remember that movie and yes, so sweet!! I, too, know the pain of moving kids and they think their world will never be the same but each move is where God wanted us to be. So, here we are in Oregon, where we love and hope we never get transferred again.

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  19. Sheila...I LOVE this movie. It has been years since I;ve seew it but I am going to see if I can find it for this weekend :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!
    Gail

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  20. Oh Sheila I love your story about moving to Texas. Also a resounding Yes to Meet Me In St. Louis. I haven't been able to listen to one of my most favorite Christmas songs this year, it's too hard. But oh did that Judy have a set of pipes.
    I am off to visit with Marty, Ceekay, Sherry and Marydon this am. I wish I could fit you in my pocket.

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  21. I love this movie, Shelia. I have seen it a million times and I always want to cry when Judy Garland sings Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!! Thanks for a great post!

    XO,
    Jane

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  22. What a lovely post Sheila. My family moved all the time because they always felt the grass was greener somewhere else. Went to 5 different High Schools and I don't know how many elementary. When I married a military man and we moved every 2 years I was keenly aware how it affected my boys. When we moved to a new place we spent the first year discovering it and the second year anticipating the next move. It was all good but neither one made the military a career. Wonder why?

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  23. Hi Sheila, oh what a sweet story, and I must find this movie now to watch..hope Netflix has it! Sometimes the things we think will just destroy us are the things that make us better..
    Have a beautiful weekend and stop by and say hi if you get a chance!

    Barb

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  24. I haven't seen this movie in AGES!!!!!!!! But I did love it too. Thanks for sharing YOUR story too! How could you nOT make new friends??? YOu are the sweetest! Have yourself a MERRY little Christmas, Sheila!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  25. Love that story and I love old movies, but have never seen this one. Big Judy G fan too. Still loving that dog cloche!!!

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  26. I've seen some of this movie and liked what I saw. Will have to see the whole thing someday. We moved a lot when I was growing up. The first time was actually OK, but when we moved again a year later, not so much! Love the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, too. Bess

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  27. What a sweet, sweet story. It is a perfect spirit lifter for the holidays. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy Pink Saturday. Blessings...Mary

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  28. Hi Shelia,
    I have never seen this movie but if it comes on I will watch it and think of you.
    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  29. What a beautiful Victorian house. And what an actress she was! Gorgeous to boot.
    Brenda

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  30. Love that movie and love you so much...You are a blessing to the blog world

    Teresa

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  31. Awww, Shelia I have never seen this movie, but now I'm just dieing to! I love Judy Garland, you'll have to visit my blog, her "Merry Little Christmas" is the first song on my play list..

    Hugs and Blessings for a wonderful holiday!
    Catlyn

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  32. Hi Sheila, Happy Pink Saturday! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. Love your pink post this week, what a great movie this was, and I love their house. I'm gonna try and find this movie in a dvd, it's been so many years since I've seen it.
    Happy Holidays! Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

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  33. I actually don't think I've ever seen that movie. Now, I've got to check it out.

    - The Tablescaper

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  34. I think Judy Garland is at her most beautiful in this film, and I love "Have yourself a merry little Christmas."

    Happy PS!
    In Shoes We Trust,
    Maggie @
    "Do these shoes match this purse?"

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  35. I remember this movie so well but had forgotten all about it.
    I think Margaret and I are about the same age..she was such a good little actress.
    I enjoyed your pink post very much.
    xo bj

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  36. I just googled Margaret and I was right.
    She was born Jan. 1937 and I was born in Dec of '37..so she is a little, but not much, older.

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  37. OOOH, I love your storytelling best of all Sheila!
    I need to see that movie!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  38. Happy Pink Saturday my dear sweet sister, Shelia.

    I do so love this movie, and I adored Judy Garland. What a magnificent voice she had.

    We moved frequently when I was growing up, and I believe it made me a stronger and more confident person.

    Guess what???!!! Your package is in the mail. Can you believe it???!!! It went in Priority Mail Saturday morning, and hopefully you will receive it some time in the next few days. It is just a little something that reminded me of you. And, I was so negligent mail it, that it will now seem like Christmas mail.

    ♥♥♥

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  39. Sheila, this is the sweetest pink Sat. post. I loved reading all about your life with your children and your parents. We moved to Fl. Just before Christmas when I was nine and it was so hard to leave our huge loving family. then we moved just before Christmas when out youngest was in high school and he was crushed. I understand the stress it causes very well.

    I LOVE the movie you posted and it is one of my favorite movies ever. Judy Garland was beautiful in that movie and I loved her singing.

    Happy Pink Saturday, belated,
    Love, Jeanne

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