Saturday 9 - The Christmas Song

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?

 A. I have not eaten many chestnuts, but I love Chestnut Praline latte from Starbucks.

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

 A. Not really as I am not a fan of cold weather, but I do like a little snow!

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?

A. Primarily a holiday dish as my husband is not a fan.

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?

A. 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!)

A. "Freedom From Want" by Norman Rockwell. It is such a symble of types gone by. If families were still as connected as this artwork, the world would be better. 

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

A. I enjoy all types of music. I do like jazz.

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? 

A. I have 7 hanging on my door currently. I am sure I will get a few more, but not many. I believe postage is some of the reason no one sends cards anymore.

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

A. I start each year in the early part of the year if I see something I think my girls will want.

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.

A. I like organizations that help children.


  1. You're our only Norman Rockwell! This week I saw a lot of Van Gogh, but your chosen painting is so holiday in spirit! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nat King Cole sings it the very best!
    You should get a package and a Christmas card from me tomorrow! I am tracking it and it is right on schedule!

  3. Every time I look at that Norman Rockwell picture, I notice the grandmother's arms. It was obvious by her muscles that she posed with an empty plate. That has to be a 25 pound turkey and she should be struggling to sit it down gently. And why aren't the menfolk helping her lift it anyway? Well, at least he is holding her chair...but what about all the people with their cellphones out? How rude. I don't allow phones at my table. Unless you are a doctor and are on call for the emergency room, phones are turned off for the short time we are together.

    1. Yes, I realize someone has updated the picture to show modern times, but is life better now?
      Jeannie, again


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