Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday 9--The Christmas Song

Saturday 9: The Christmas Song (1961)

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1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?  

I can’t say that I’ve EVER eaten chestnuts.  They always sound wonderful, especially in that dreamy sort of “walking down a snowy New York street and buying them from a vendor on the street” sort of way.

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit? 

Definitely.  I sort of miss living in Alaska for that—we always had a white Christmas.

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?  

Mostly a holiday dish.  We do roast chickens fairly often though—hubs make the BEST stock, and loves to make all sorts of soups year-round.

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?  

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire is the first thing that came to mind.

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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!)  

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, definitely.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?  

Yes, as long as it’s NOT avant-garde jazz.  I’m more of a traditionalist I guess.  Dixieland jazz always reminds me of New Orleans…

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?  

Not a one.  I don’t send them out, except to family, so I don’t get many. 

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?  

Started the week of Black Friday I think, maybe earlier for some things…

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.  

Oh, how fun!  My husband and I are avid supporters of Watermelon Mountain Ranch, the largest no-kill shelter in New Mexico.  

They are based right here in Rio Rancho, and do amazing work saving the lives of animals all over New Mexico and beyond.  Our beloved dog Maddie was saved by one of their Molly's Mercy Missions—trips to high-kill shelters all over New Mexico and Texas.  The ranch is, literally, a ranch.  Dogs and cats have casitas and safe outdoor spaces.  They also have a thrift store and a small dog/cat adoption center inside our local mall.  Lastly, Watermelon Mountain Ranch responds to natural disasters—they participated in animal rescue during both Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi and Hurricane Harvey in Houston.   I love their motto-- "all who enter will find love"

They’ve recently partnered with our local pro soccer team, New Mexico United, to produce a calendar.  Hot soccer players and puppies—what more could you ask for, lol.


  1. I wonder if New York is the only place you can get roasted chestnuts? Can you even get them there? I have never ever seen them before except in movies.
    Starry Night is such a beautiful painting! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  2. Oh, that video is too cute! Players and puppies! Love it.

  3. It sounds like a great charity!
    I like the woman playing the kazoo in a toilet paper tube

  4. Mmmm...the rain is turning to snow and the temperature is falling...the smell of roasting chicken or the thought of some delicious soups sound just about perfect for tonight.

    I think I remember you writing about the Watermelon Mountain Ranch before. So glad there are people led to do such things.


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