**Originally published 12/24/14 as "Have Yourself A Muddled Little Christmas" - a guest post on How My Brain Works**
- So, after you get the set-up where the uptight girlfriend meets free spirit family, we learn that Diane Keaton’s character - the mother of the Stone Family - has cancer.
- And she’s dying.
- There’s a scene where the grown daughter, who is pregnant, is crying watching Meet Me in St. Louis. It is just at the part where Judy sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The father walks in and talks to her, comforts her. A small, sweet daddy/daughter moment.
- At the end of the film finds the family a year later, and clearly Diane Keaton's character has died. But life has moved on. Babies have arrived, love has been found, things are okay. Not the same. But that’s alright.
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Make the yule tide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were near to us
Will be dear to us once more
If the fates allow
Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now