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.

2) There’s a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit? Kind of, but I hate it so much that I don’t mind if it stays warm.

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? I don’t eat it because I’m a vegetarian, but I did used to really like turkey sandwiches all 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? Because I’m a music nerd, “The Christmas Song.”

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 Starry Night–as well as a few other Van Goghs–and some of Monet’s many water lilies. I’m a sucker for those Frenchies.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz? I do, but I feel like I don’t appreciate it as much as some do.

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? Only a few, but I also didn’t send any, despite buying some and intending to. Next year!

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that? I start after Thanksgiving. I don’t shop on Black Friday because of crowds and because most deals aren’t the best deals of the year, plus we’ve kind of gone nuts with it in this country and retail workers don’t deserve that mess. I hit some Cyber Monday deals this year and then really started shopping the following weekend or so.

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. I can’t think of a specific one, but in thinking about what’s happening in the world right now, I urge anyone concerned about the Australia wildfires to donate to organizations helping with relief.

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