Musings on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; and Some Newborn Photo Ornaments

The movie Meet Me in St. Louis, with Judy Garland, which featured the song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” is about the year 1903-04 in the life of a family but was actually produced during WWII (IMDb gives 1944 as the year of the movie; and Hugh Martin wrote the song in 1943), which probably explains the tenor of the lyrics, with their mention of difficulties and friends being far away, and how through our struggles until that comes to pass we should make sure to enjoy this year’s Christmas.

Seeing the video clip on YouTube, with Judy Garland singing this song with its melancholy lyrics, made me actually stop and listen to it in a different way than I had, year after year, to Frank Sinatra’s rendition. Sinatra’s version is so mellow, especially with the festive, Christmassy choral accompaniment, you forget to pay attention to what the lyrics are, in fact, about! Sinatra’s version actually sounds like comfort! And that may also happen because the lyrics in Sinatra’s song are a little different. I won’t quote specific phrases for copyright reasons (you can look up both versions on YouTube), but let’s just say that instead of struggling through, this crooner’s song talks about decorating a Christmas tree and making wishes. And then in the last part of the Sinatra’s so very popular version there’s an interlude where the chorus those wishes having actually come true, and friends are able to be in each other’s presence again. Then the song moves again to wishing for better times, but by then we see those better times in our mind almost as if they’re already happening.

Which is probably what this year’s Christmas will look like for many of us! We’ll try to think of good times we aspire to while also having a merry little Christmas this very December.

And for those of us who also had a baby this year, the holidays will be so much more special. If they celebrate Christmas, it will be their baby’s first—also an occasion to encapsulate the moment for when it will become a memory, and how better to do that then with My First Christmas (or My merry little Christmas) photo ornaments?

With all that in mind, and thinking of how much fun it is to share new baby keepsakes with family and friends, I created this year the custom ornaments below: for baby boys and girls and twins of all stripes (two girls, two boys, and one girl and one boy).

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My first merry little Christmas photo ornament, newborn baby boy, snowflakes. Customizable with 2 images, name, and date of birth.
My first merry little Christmas, with 2 photos, baby boy (affiliate image link)

The ornaments above (customizable with photos front and back, baby’s name and his date of birth; note that you can personalize the other elements of text as well!) are made of porcelain. They have a diameter of 2.87″ (7.2898 cm) and a thickness of 0.156″ (0.39624 cm), and they weigh 1.4 oz (39.6893 grams).

Here they are for newborn baby girls.

First Christmas customizable photo ornament, new baby girl, snowflakes. Personalize with 2 images, name, and date of birth.
My first merry little Christmas, 2 photos, baby girl (affiliate image link)

If the above version is not festive enough for you, I have other options available, one with a Christmas red frame and one with a simulated gold glitter frame. Here they are, for a newborn baby boy.

Festive My first Christmas, new baby boy ornament, snowflakes and stars, Xmas red frame. Personalize with two photos, name, and d.o.b.
My first merry little Christmas, baby boy,
2 newborn photos, red frame (affiliate image link)
Elegant First Christmas customizable ornament keepsake, new baby boy, 2 photos, snowflakes and stars, simulated gold glitter frame. With name and date of birth.
Same design with a gold glitter look on the margins (affiliate image link)

I’ve also made one for baby boys and girls on ultra-durable acrylic. This one has a fancier white ribbon instead of the strand of gold thread of the other ones, and is a little cheaper while still looking elegant. On the other hand, the printing on this acrylic ornament is not as strong as on the porcelain ones.

Fancy First Christmas new baby boy ornament keepsake, snowflakes and stars. On acrylic, with elegant white ribbon. Personalize with 2 photos, name, and d.o.b.
Same design on ultra-durable acrylic,
with a fancy white ribbon (affiliate image link)

Here are the above three versions for newborn baby girls.

Festive Baby Girl First merry little Christmas ornament, with snow and stars and Xmas red frame. Personalize with 2 photos, name, date of birth.
My first merry little Christmas photo ornament,
baby girl, red frame (affiliate image link)
Elegant First Christmas Baby Girl Ornament keepsake, with snowflakes and stars, and a golden frame. Personalize with two photos, name, and date of birth
Fancy newborn Christmas photo ornament, baby girl, with simulated gold glitter (affiliate image link)
Fancy Baby Girl First Christmas Ornament keepsake on acrylic with a white ribbon. With elegant snowflakes and stars. Customizable with 2 photos, name, date of birth
Newborn Christmas photo ornament, baby girl, acrylic, elegant white ribbon (affiliate image link)

And as promised, here are a few versions (I’m going with the gold glitter look for these for this post) for the twins ornaments. These versions have the second baby’s name on the back instead of the date of birth.

Elegant, fancy Our first merry little Christmas custom photo ornament keepsake for twin boys. With snow and stars and simulated golden glitter
Our first merry little Christmas ornaments, 2 photos,
twin boys (affiliate image link)
Elegant, festive Our first merry little Christmas, photo ornament keepsake for twin baby girls. With snowflakes, stars, and a golden frame. Personalize with two images and names.
Our first merry little Christmas, photo ornament for twin girls (affiliate image link)
Elegant My first Christmas photo ornament for twin boy and girl. With blue and pink colors, snowflakes and stars, and a golden frame. Personalize with two images and names.
And a keepsake for twin boy and girl babies (affiliate image link)

Well, that’s about it for now. Enjoy this month and the wonderful addition(s) to your family or circle of friends!

To a happier, healthier life,

Mira

P.S. Pins and shares are much appreciated! 🙂

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