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Meet Me in St. Louis is not technically a Christmas movie, but it did introduce us to the ever classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and I do love Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien in it.
The movie follows the Smith family throughout the year of 1903 in anticipation of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. We enjoy a little song and dance throughout the seasons including Christmas when a major family life change is looming just a few days away.
Of course, Judy Garland is charming and at the center of the story as the second eldest daughter, Esther. Tootie, Margaret O’Brien’s character as the littlest sister, is especially adorable and amusing, particularly her obsession with death and burying her dolls in the backyard.
So here’s a bit of inspiration, pulled from the entire movie, not just the Christmas season…
> Esther’s Bow Tie Blouse (perfect for New Years!), $50.82.
> Dapper Shoes for your Boy Next Door, $139.00.
> The movie opens with ketchup (catsup?) making. Home Canning Kit, $49.67 & Canning for a New Generation Book, $17.68.
> Cake (Walk) Stand, $19.99.
> Santa Trolley Ornament, $16.99.
> Vintage World’s Fair Palace of Electricity Collectible Demitasse Cup & Saucer, $29.00.
> Grandpa’s Striped (Winter) Bicycle Cap, $40.00.
> Merry Little Christmas Skirt, $57.99.
> Tootie’s Halloween Specs & Mustache Wall Hook, $9.99.
Have a Merry Little Tuesday and happy shopping!
The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in Santa’s biggest elf (and fan), Buddy.
As he makes his way to New York City to find his birth father, his unwavering knowledge in the existence of Santa spreads to all around him. Buddy learns a thing or two about how cruel the “real” world can be, but he manages to save Christmas and bring joy to those around him.
You can’t help but love Buddy and his contagious Christmas Spirit.
So with that, I present an “Elf” inspired Gift Guide for your shopping inspiration:
> A Very She & Him Christmas (Zooey Deschanel & M.Ward’s), $9.99
> Elf Sweater, $64.99
> Christmas “Spirits” Alcoholic Chocolate Sampler, $29.99
> STOCKING STUFFER: Mr. Narwhal Screw Driver, $16.00
> Pinecone Elf Ornaments, Set of 3 $34.00
> Toy Making (& Inventing) Kits for Girls by Goldie Blox, $19.99 and up
> STOCKING STUFFER: Chewed Gum Magnets, $4.00
> Santa’s Helper Apron, $42.00
> Gimbels Has It! Book - a look at this historic department store, $15.00
“I just like smiling, smiling’s my favorite!!”
If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m a sucker for old movies – especially ones with a little song and dance.
I hadn’t seen White Christmas until last year which is a shame on me, since I, of course, now love it. Whether you’re a lover of old movies or not, hopefully you’ll still find some gift inspiration from today’s Gift Guide.
Quick story synopsis :: Two WWII veterans, now famous performers, follow a sister act duo to Vermont where they run into their former General from the war – struggling to make ends meet at his inn. They scheme to put on a show at the inn to help him out but of course there’s love, singing and dancing along the way. Or you simply need to know that it stars Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney!
> Men’s Military-style Jacket, from $89.00.
> Vermont Maple Syrup for Christmas brunch! $16.99.
> Me & My Sister Dress, $84.99.
> Judy’s Bangle Bracelet, $24.99.
> Betty’s Classic Red Pajamas, $160.
> Faux Furry Ascot Scarf, $48.
> Classic Toy Army Men, $13.80.
> STOCKING STUFFER: Hot Buttered Rum Chocolate Bar, $2.99.
> Classic Dance Lessons nearby
Or perhaps take a little trip of your own to an inn in Vermont!
And don’t forget to count your blessings…