Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Credit: Two sisters try to seduce the neighbors, mobs of children start bonfires in the streets, and Judy Garland wears a bowtie the size of a disgruntled wiener dog.



This is a good one for that awkward in-between period when you want to watch Christmas movies but know you shouldn’t. It gives you a small taste of Christmas without the whole yuletide enchilada. Thus you can enjoy this movie without fear of persecution from the self-appointed enforcers of the no-Christmas-before-Thanksgiving rule.

With the exception of one or two songs, I really like the music in this one. My favorites are the “clang clang clang went the trolley” song (nominated for an Academy Award), “The Boy Next Door” (a bit stalker-ish but good), and of course “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” which was actually introduced in this film.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Parts of this movie can be a little slow. It’s a good one to watch in the background while you do something constructive like knitting a sweater or alphabetizing your Def Leppard cassette tapes.

So when the father announces to the family that he has taken a promotion in New York, the family is somewhat less than overjoyed to be leaving their life in St. Louis. The father doesn’t see this, though, because he is so caught up in providing a “better life” for his family that he fails to appreciate what he already has.

If we were to take a serious look at what our families needed the most, more money would rarely be the answer. As parents we often get so wrapped up in what our children don’t have that we tend to spend more time earning and yearning than we do giving and living.

If we would just listen a little more to our families, and a little less to our smartphones, we may find that the things we need most have been ours all along. And seeing all that is already ours, “have we not reason to rejoice?”

Happy Thanksgiving, and remember “on whom you are dependent for your lives, and for all that ye have and are.”

“Live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which [God] doth bestow upon you.” — Alma 34:38

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