...and especially thanks to Carole Sampeck at The Lombard Archive for the two lovely portraits.
As the song from "Meet Me In St. Louis" goes,
"Through the years
We all will be together,
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now."
--"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,"
music, Hugh Martin
lyrics, Ralph Blane