December 13, 2019

The Christmas Song for Saturday 9

A holiday time of year.. Chanukah and Christmas.
  Time for Saturday 9 called The Christmas Song

Unfamiliar with this week's tune?   Hear it here.
Yet another popular song written by Mel Torme, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants.
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1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?
I used to in the city (in New Jersey we refer to New York City as just "the city" and Philadelphia as "Philly".  In this small state we are close to both cities )
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There used to be hot chestnut vendors on the streets in winter,, not sure if they are still around and bunches of violets were sold in spring.  And, I actually just bought a bag of roasted chestnuts for cooking and stole one to eat the other day!

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit?
 Yes it does! Very much so. It's one reason I love colder weather in fall and winter.

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 had turkey burger for dinner tonight and a turkey meatloaf the other day. I buy the ground turkey often. But whole turkeys are for Thanksgiving. 

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?
The Chestnuts title seems to fit very well.

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!)

"Yoo Hoo.. Mrs. Bloom"

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. Vermeer reminds me of  Gertrude Berg (Molly Goldberg Show) who said in trying  to make her son get married,"The girl has a face like a Vermeer!"
Here are pictures of the painting and Gertrude. You guess which is which!

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?
I like jazz very, very much. Yup, yes, sure 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?
Yes. I signed up on a card exchange on Facebook and am getting a flood of them. So far I've sent cards to Russia, Bosnia Herzegovina, England, Scotland and all across the USA.

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?
I haven't done any holiday shopping at all.

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 am a big fan of St. Jude's because of the work they do for children. 

Tomorrow is Sunday Stealing. 
Will you be by to visit?


  1. That card exchange sounds like so much fun! And I agree, St. Jude's does wonderful work.

  2. Someone is in a very good mood today! I love seeing that.
    The card exchange sounds like a lot of fun! I haven't come across anything like that before.
    St. Jude's is our favorite charity, but I have mentioned it previous years so I featured another charity this year. I'm glad you mentioned it, though.

  3. I almost picked that painting, lol. But I figured someone would have it up (and VOILA! LOL).

    I cant stomach ground turkey, don't know why, but I can't.

    Have a great day friend. smiles

  4. I grew up loving the Dutch painters... I had an aunt who would give me artist books for Christmas.. So I loved Vermeer, as well! So cooll becasue I have since learned through my dad's family originated in the Netherlands! We were named Limborch, then!

  5. While I chose a Van Gogh, I love portraits the most, and this Vermeer is right up there in my top 5. Thanks for posting it :)

  6. Stopping by to say hello - Hello !
    This is a lovely way to begin my day...Thank you !
    Wishing you daily joy and peace , my friend

  7. We donate to St. Jude's as well. Your blog looks beautiful! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  8. A card exchange! What a cool idea.


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