I remember one night when I was a young girl, my mother and I watched “Meet Me In St. Louis.” I had never seen this picture before and I always remember my mom teaching me about all the old movies. Who was in them, when they made the movie, and so many other trivia facts. I still to this day love all the old movies that were made back in the day. This movie has become one of my favorites for this time of year. “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a 1944 musical film from MGM. It tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis, at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair in 1904. It stars Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, and many others. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a song introduced by Judy Garland in the “Meet Me in St. Louis.” In 1943, the songs lyrics were written by Hugh Martin and the music by Ralph Blane. In 2007, the song ranked "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the third most performed Christmas song during the preceding five years.
The song was written while Martin was vacationing in a house in Birmingham, Alabama, that his father Hugh Martin designed for his mother as a honeymoon cottage. The song first appeared in a scene in Meet Me in St. Louis, in which a family is distraught by the father's plans to move to New York City for a job promotion, leaving behind their beloved home in St. Louis, Missouri, just before the long-anticipated 1904 World's Fair begins. In a scene set on Christmas Eve, Judy Garland's character, Esther, sings the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to cheer up her despondent five-year-old sister, Tootie, played by Margaret O'Brien. Hope that you get a chance to watch the DVD of the movie or maybe on TV at some point in the Holiday Season.
|Judy Garland sings to Margaret O'Brien|
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
On the highest bough,
And have yourself
A merry little Christmas now.
My recipe for today is one that everyone loves to eat. This little, round, sweet, cookie is called by many different names, but in my family we call them “Italian White Wedding Cookies.” These are extremely simple and don’t take long to create. I hope that you enjoy these cookies while you are watching “Meet Me In St. Louis.” Enjoy!
“Italian White Wedding Cookies”
1 cup of unsalted COLD butter (2 sticks)
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
2 cups of all purpose unbleached flour; plus more for dusting hands
1 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts
Powdered sugar to coat the cookies
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar at low speed until it is smooth. Beat in the vanilla. At low speed gradually add the flour. Mix in the nuts with a spatula. With floured hands, take about 1 tablespoon of dough and shape into a ball. Continue to dust hands with flour as you make more cookies. Place onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 20-30 minutes. When cool enough to handle but still warm, roll in confectioners sugar. Cool on wire racks.
Yield: depending on the size of the balls you make. This recipe makes about 2 dozen.
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