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Today in My History

2000:  It's a Small World After All
2001:   Blue Christmas
2002:  Well, It's About Time
2003:  Egg Nog Gala
2004:  Here We Come a-Wassailing
2005:  How the Grinch Found Christmas

2006:  It's Better to Give
2007:  Pals
2008:  Will It Always Be Like This?
2009:  Here We Come A-Caroling
2010:  (Modified) Joy to the World
'Tis the Season for Excesses
012: Blue Christmases
2013: On a Clear Day
Get Me to the Couch on Time
2015  Sunday Stealing
2016: Ready for My Close-up, Mr Hitchcock
2017: Back to Seedy Bars
2018: My Kitchen Museum

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/11
A Christmas Carol
The Widkhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Books Read in 2019
 Updated 11/9
"The Elephant in my Kitchen"

Our Christmas Letter

Personal Home Page

My family

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

updated 7/16

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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December 14, 2019


Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!


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?

I don't think I have ever eaten a chestnut.

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

Not really.  California weather is so iffy that it might be 80 in December, or 40 in June, so I don't necessarily associate "weather" with any particular time of year.

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 think of it primarily as a holiday dish (serve it on both Thanksgiving and Christmas) but I also sometimes serve it at other times of the year itself.  And we do eat ground turkey

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?

I think of it as "The Christmas Song," sometimes "chestnuts..." but never "Merry Christmas to you."

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

(How many points do I get?)

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

No.  My father was a jazz pianist and so insistent that I learn to love jazz that I completely shut it out of my head long ago.

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?

Some, but the first card we got was from Chewy.com thanking us for our patronage.

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

I kind of shop through the year.  Not specifically, but if I see something that I think someone will like, I buy it, even if it's in June.

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.

OK.  First domestic - Compassion International, whose message is "releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name."  I am not a religious person, but I found Compassion many years ago and I like feeling I am helping children around the world.  I sponsor nine children and write to many more, who have sponsors who don't want to have a correspondence with their sponsored children.

Internationally, it would be the David Sheldrick CharitableTrust, which operates an orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in Kenya.  As one of Africa’s oldest wildlife charities and a leading conservation organization, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife.


Kids with Jeff and Seymour


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