"Christmas in Connecticut" (1945) is one of my favorite Christmas movies.
Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a famous food writer, for Smart Housekeeping Magazine. She writes about being a wife and a mother on her farm in Connecticut. Unfortunately, none of this is true. She is single, living in an apartment in New York, and can't cook. She gets all her recipes from her good friend Felix (S.Z. Sakall), who owns a restaurant. No one but Felix and her editor knows the truth. But everyone is soon going to find out...
When the publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) of Smart Housekeeping invites a Navy Vet (Dennis Morgan) to spend Christmas on Elizabeth Lane's farm in Conneticut, Elizabeth believes she will be fired when the truth comes out.
In steps Elizabeth's long-time suitor ( Reginald Gardiner), who just happens to have a farm in Connecticut.
With a farm...
... a very swank farm
a borrowed baby, and Felix to do the cooking, Elizabeth might just save her job.
When the sailor arrives, Elizabeth is prepared to give him a very "homey" Christmas, looking amazingly elegant all the while.
But she isn't prepared to fall in love with him.
And they live happily ever after.