Meet Me In St. Louis is one of my all time favorite movies. Judy Garland is one of my favorite actresses and I practically grew up on this movie; I can remember watching it at my grandma’s house when I was 6 or 7. It’s the perfect movie when you want to watch a Christmas movie, but its a bit too early. The movie follows the Smith family throughout all four seasons, but I think I associate it with Christmas because the Christmas scene is my absolute favorite.
I have an affinity for old movies, and this one is no exception. Dresses! The cream colored one on the left always kills me. And gloves!
Basically, Esther’s (Judy Garland) love, John, is not supposed to show up at the Christmas Eve ball. But, of course, as any chivalrous man in 1904 would have done, he managed to surprise her.
Then. He proposes to her. In the snow. At the stroke of midnight. But since her family is moving to New York, she knows it won’t work because after this, they won’t see each other again.
She returns to her home and sings the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to her younger sister.
Thus- the most tragically romantic storyline of all time. Saying goodbye forever, at Christmas.
Now, in this movie, they get back together at the end…blah blah blah. For all intensive purposes, I stop the movie after the Christmas song.
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more
Someday soon, we all will be together
If the Fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.