Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday 9: The Christmas Song

Sam’s Saturday 9: The Christmas Song (1961)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The lyrics mention "chestnuts roasting on an open fire." Do you often eat chestnuts?
Nope, but I have eaten some chestnuts and I didn’t really like them and I don’t think that I saw any chestnuts in grocery stores.

2) There's a reference to Jack Frost, too. Does cold weather help you get into the holiday spirit?
No, it gets me into a hibernating spirit… Ba Humbug!

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 buy turkey at the deli counter, I think that roasting “the bird” is a holiday thing. Too much work otherwise.

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?
Cold winter winds and blowing snow outside while sitting around a warm and cozy fire inside.

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!)
Salvador Dali.

Do you know that he lived in Connecticut along with Max Ernst and other surrealist painters in the western side of the state? Dali sought refuge from the growing Fascism in Europe here in Connecticut in the 1930s and 1940s.

6) Best remembered today as a singer, Cole was also an accomplished composer and jazz pianist. Do you like jazz?
I enjoy it in little dosages.

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?
Zero so far this year.

8) When did/will you start holiday shopping this year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, Halloween? Earlier than that?
I usually start my Christmas shopping on the 24th, you don’t have to spends hours looking for a gift, you just take what it left on the shelf but make sure that they have a return policy.

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.
Okay here is my annual charity; True Colors (In my post yesterday I am next to the woman in light blue and on the other side of me is the ED of True Colors)

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. So far, we have no real jazz fans among our Sat 9ers.

    I scrolled down. Good for you, and True Colors! Here's to an exciting, productive 2020 for your committee.

  2. I have not seen that painting before, but it is a fun one you can just stare at and see different things! Thanks for sharing!
    I am wondering where the Chestnuts are? They are in all of the Christmas movies! Hahahahaha Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  3. I didn't realize that Dali lived in Connecticut!

  4. Dali's paintings sure are interesting to look at, though I don't know that I'd want to own one. Interesting about him living in Connecticut.

  5. Wow. Shopping on Christmas Eve. Unheard of in my household! But maybe worth a try one year.