Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday 9: O, Holy Night

Crazy Sam’s Saturday 9: O, Holy Night (1967) 

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This beloved carol takes its lyrics from a French poem. What else can we thank the French for?
Champagne and Roquefort cheese

2) How well do you know  "O, Holy Night?" Without looking up the lyrics, could you sing along with Ella?
I can’t sing or to put it another way, you don’t want me to sing.

3) In order to get this record into stores in time for Christmas 1967, Ella had to record this in late July. So let's reverse that. Now that it's Christmastime, what do you miss most about summer? 
Jumping into a lake.

4) Sam is crazy about the open toed pumps she'll be wearing to holiday parties, but that means she needs to get a pedi. Will you be at a salon between now and year-end?

5) Will you be consuming any egg nog this holiday season? And if you do, will it be spiked?
No. do you know how many carbs are in eggnog?

6) Thinking of holiday cuisine, what's your favorite Christmas cookie?
My grandmother on my father’s side made used to make Angel Wings and my grandmother on my mother’s side used to make Poppy Seed Rolls and Nut Rolls ( Potica ) while not really cookies they are more like sweet breads. I loved them and I never got her recipes for them, the closest I got to her recipes are on my website here.

7) Sam knows she will get a bottle of red wine from her boss, because that's what he gives his staff every year. Is there a gift you can count on receiving?
Nope, when my mother was alive I could count on getting a shirt.

8) What one gift would you most like to receive this year? Do you think anyone will get it for you?
We usually have a Yankee Swap at Christmas.
  1. Participants bring one wrapped gift (typically within a predetermined price range) and places the gift in a pile/central location.
  2. Participants draw numbers to determine the order in which they go.
  3. The person who drew #1 goes first and must open a gift from the pile.
    • After taking your turn you must keep your gift out where other players can see it.
    • When it’s your turn if you touch a wrapped gift you have to open it.
  4. The person who drew #2 goes next and has the choice of taking the gift opened by #1 or selecting an unopened gift. If #1's gift is taken player #1 must open another gift from the pile.
  5. The person who drew #3 goes next and can either take #1's gift, or take #2's gift, or open a gift.
  6. If player #3 takes an opened gift from player #1 or #2 then that player who is now giftless has the option of taking the other gift that was opened or opening a wrapped gift (they cannot take player #3's gift -- see rule 8).
  7. Play continues as such with players either taking/swapping a gift or opening one.
  8. When a gift is opened the round is over (you can't decide you don't like what you opened and decide to swap for something else).
  9. Any single gift can only be swapped once per round.
  10. Once the round for the highest numbered player has completed player #1 can swap gifts with any other player (for this final round there is no futher swapping after 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.
True Colors, a sexual minority youth and family Service agency.


The Gal Herself said...

I've heard of True Colors. They have made a difference in a lot of lives.

The Yankee Swap sounds like fun. When my niece and nephew were little, my sister did a version of this for their birthday parties. It was called The Game. She bought all the gifts and they were all silly and useless ... except one. The kids loved it.

Stacy said...

We used to do the Yankee swap thing with my husband's family because there were about 30 of us in the immediate family, but a few decided it wasn't fun, they'd rather just draw names and buy for a specific person. BORING!

Kwizgiver said...

We have a variation of the Yankee Swap with a story that uses the words Left/Right and when you hear those words, you pass the package in that direction...

I am Harriet said...

I'm like in a "Yankee Swap" daze now...... :)

CountryDew said...

Never heard of the Yankee Swap but it sounds like what we call Bad Santa. One year at the office party, back when I worked, when it was my turn to go pick up a gift, instead of going to the gift pile I went over the bar and picked up an unopened bottle of wine? This? I asked. Can I have this? And after the boss laughed and said yes, of course that was the gift that everyone else wanted. I think I ultimately ended up with a mug.

Zippi Kit said...

The rockhouund Christmas party had a yankee swap. It was fun! I wish we did something like that at DH's family do..
True Colors is an excellent choice!