Friday, December 13, 2019

Saturday 9- The Christmas Song

Saturday 9: The Christmas Song (1961)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?  Never, I have never even seen them before.  Is this a real thing? 

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit?   Yes, it does for sure.  When it is warm, it just does not seem like Christmas for me.

3) Nat sings that turkey helps to make the season bright. We just had it last month for Thanksgiving. Do you enjoy turkey all year around? Or do you consider it primarily a holiday dish?  Primarily a holiday dish, but we will have it again about one or two times (full turkey dinner) in the year.

4) This song was published as "The Christmas Song," but people often refer to it as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Merry Christmas to You." When you think of this song, which title comes to mind?  Merry Christmas to You 

5) Nat King Cole had a big hit in the 1950s with "Mona Lisa." The ballad compares an enigmatic woman to the da Vinci painting, which hangs in the Louvre. The Mona Lisa has been called the most instantly identifiable painting in the world. Can you think of another famous painting that you recognize on sight? (Extra points if you include a picture!) Water Lilies by Claude Monet used to be a favorite of mine.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?  just  a little, it is not my favorite.

7) The only Christmas card Sam has received so far this year is from her dentist. She never sees Dr. Douglas socially. In fact, she hasn't seen him since her annual check-up last March. Have you received many cards this year?   I have only received one so far also from a former student.

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?  I buy Bath and Body stuff for my co-workers, so I buy it a little along all year when it is on sale.  The rest of the family we bought during Thanksgiving/Black Friday.  I just have a couple more gifts to buy.

9) This time of year is big for charitable fundraising. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you.  We usually donate to Victory Mission, they serve the homeless food and help them with shelter, etc.  We also donate to Convoy of Hope which helps during disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, etc.  Then we also donate to St. Jude.


  1. #8 -- I do the very same thing when The Body Shop gift sets (body butter and shower cream packaged in an ornament) go on sale!

  2. Chestnuts are real! They grow encased in spikey shells that can really do some damage if you step on them barefoot or run into them while on the tree.

    Great charities!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Lori! It was fun reading your answers.

  3. I love Monet. I hope you have a great day friend.

  4. You chose a favorite Monet painting...When I was oil painting I always loved to emulate the impressionists becasue they were easiest to paint in oils.. just the suggestion of an idea.. Monet really had light and color down to a pat though!

  5. Convoy of Hope was recently here--we're one of the poorest states in the nation, and there's always a need. People lined up overnight to get in to the Expo center where they held the event. Thanks for donating, and helping so many!

    1. The Convoy of Hope headquarters are located here close to where I live and are partnered with our church. They do fantastic things! I am so glad they could help people in your area! That makes me happy!

  6. There is a museum that has a number of paintings by Claude Monet. They bought them when he was a struggling young painter in Paris.
    The museum is the family estate, Hill-Stead, their daughter "was one of this country’s earliest important women architects."

  7. I had freshly roasted chestnuts and they are wonderful! :) The Water Lily series is gorgeous in person--the panels are HUGE!

  8. I love chestnuts but it does take some time to prepare them for roasting. Worth it though! These were fun questions! I always enjoy your answers! Happy weekend!

  9. Eating chestnuts is a real thing, but I haven't seen any around here since I was a kid. I remember they were good and had an interesting brainy shape. Tasted better than walnuts.

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  11. #2 I agree with you.
    #4 "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"
    #7 If I had your address I would definitely send you a Christmas card.
    We've been friends for years.
    #9 We also donate to St. Jude and some other places.


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