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?
2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit?
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?
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?
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!)
6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you 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?
8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?
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.