Have a holly jolly Christmas...

Dec 23rd, 2004, 06:30 AM
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 07:19 AM
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I'm going to carry a sweater with me today, it is going to get down to 70 degrees with windy gusts.

But then the original Christmas in that desert was probably pretty hot day too!

Merry Christmas.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 07:22 AM
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It's Christmas time in the city!

Tree's been up for some time and the gifts wrapped and underneath it. The lights outside twinkle after dark. All the candy is made (some already given) with only a few more plates to prepare. The pies are ordered for Christmas Eve dinner. And all's right in our world.

The best to all of you and may you have the Merriest Christmas ever!


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Peace and Joy! The best of the season to each and every one!

...mmmm... where is my Burl Ives Christmas CD?
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The good old baptist in me wants to say 'the reason for the season' is the birth of Christ, hence the name 'Christmas'.

But the person I am now believes that at this time of year, while important, it's not JUST Christmas, it's a whole holiday season that embraces and espouses SO much more and so many more people and beliefs.

The main thing is believing in a higher power and believing that love and compassion is more important than whatever 'road' you take to get there. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever, I wish you all love, understanding, compassion and peace.

If Christmas is the catalist that can bring us all together then IMHO, we should all embrace it in our own way and do whatever we can to make a difference in the world.
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Christmas Carol Quiz- (answers below)

1. O.H.N
2. G.R.Y.M.G.
3. I.C.U.A.M.C.
4. S.N.
5. G.K.W.
6. O.C.A.Y.F.(A.F.)
7. I.B.T.L.A.L.C.
8. S.B.
9. A.W.H.H.O.H.
10. S.C.I.C.T.T.
11. C.R.O.A.O.F. (T.C.S.)
12. F.T.S
13. R.T.R.N.R
14. A.I.A.M
15. O.C.O.C.E
16. I.H.T.B.O.C.D
17. T.T.D.O.C
18. I.S.M.K.S.C
19. H.T.H.A.S
20. R.A.T.C.T
21. J.B.R.
22. T.L.D.B.
23. D.T.H.
24. W.C.
25. L.I.S
26. J.T.T.W.
27. O.C.T.(O.T.)
28. O.L.T.O.B.
29. F.N.
30. W.W.Y.A.M.C.
31. T.F.N.
32. W.T.K.O.O.A
33. D.Y.H.W.I.H
34. G.G.R.O.B.A.R
35. H.H.
36. A.M.
37. I.S.T.S
38. W.W
39. W.N.A.L.C.
40. H.C.S.C.
41. U.O.T.H.
42. H.W.C.A.C. (Or H.W.C.A.W)
43. D.T.I.C.D.
44. H.A.H.J.C
45. W.C.I.T.
46. J.B
47. H.Y.A.M.L.C.
48. I.B.H.F.C.
49. M.K.

1. Oh Holy Night
2. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4. Silent Night
5. Good King Wenceslas
6. O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
7. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
8. Silver Bells (Or Santa Baby)
9. Angels We Have Heard On High
10. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
11. Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire (The Christmas Song)
12. Frosty The Snowman
13. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
14. Away In A Manger
15. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
16. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
17. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
18. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
19. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
20. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
21. Jingle Bell Rock
22. The Little Drummer Boy
23. Deck The Halls
24. White Christmas
25. Let It Snow
26. Joy To The World
27. O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
28. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
29. Feliz Navidad
30. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
31. The First Noel
32. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
33. Do You Hear What I Hear?
34. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
35. Happy Holidays
36. Ave Maria
37. I Saw Three Ships
38. Winter Wonderland
39. We Need A Little Christmas
40. Here Comes Santa Claus
41. Up On The House Top
42. Here We Come A Caroling (Here We Come A Wassailing)
43. Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey
44. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
45. What Child Is This?
46. Jingle Bells
47. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
48. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
49. Mele Kalikimaka

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Dec 23rd, 2004, 07:53 AM
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Bursting into song with Elaine!

Wonderful warm times to you all.

Me, still sitting on Santa's lap for
that little red BMW convertible!
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 08:11 AM
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To continue with the songs...
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 08:41 AM
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Well done Elaine. Great idea.

In light of today's snow storm....
(and in honour of Johnny Mercer, Rod and Dolly)

I really can't stay (but, baby, it's cold outside).
I've got to go 'way (but, baby, it's cold outside).
This evening has been... (Been hoping that you'd drop in)
...so very nice (I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice).
My mother will start to worry: (beautiful words you're humming),
and father will be pacing the floor (listen to the fireplace roar).
So really I'd better scurry (beautiful, please don't hurry)……
well, maybe just a half a drink more (put some records on while I pour).
The neighbors might think (but, baby, it's bad out there)……
say, what's in this drink? (no cabs to be had out there).
I wish I knew how.. (your eyes are like starlight now)
to break the spell (I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell).
I ought to say, " no, no, no sir.." (mind if I move in closer?).
At least I'm gonna say that I tried (what's the sense of hurtin' my pride?).
I really can't stay (Oh, baby, don't hold out).
Ah but it's cold outside (baby, it's cold outside).

May you all have a warm Christmas.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 08:59 AM
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That is one of my all time favorite songs, winter or not. On one recording I have, the traditional male and female roles in the duet are reversed,with the man singing the lead and the woman coaxing,and I just love it

2nd verse

I really must go (But Baby It's Cold Outside)
The answer is no (BBICO)
The welcome has been (so happy that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (look out the window at that storm!)
My sister will be suspicious (gosh your lips look delicious)
My brother will be there at the door (waves upon a topical shore)
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious (gosh your lips ARE delicious)
Well maybe just a cigarette more (never such a blizzard before!)

I've got to get home (But baby you'll freeze out there)
Say, lend me a comb (It's up to your knees out there)
You've really been grand (I thrill when you touch my hand)
but don't you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)
There's bound to be talk tomorrow (think of my life-long sorrow)
At least there will be plenty implied (if you caught pneumonia and died)
I really must go (But baby it's cold outside)
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:00 AM
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By the way, it's not Johnny Mercer (whom I admire) but this one is Frank Loesser (of Guys and Dolls fame)
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:14 AM
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I think the Ohio snow is headed our way. Pretty as it is, it makes life difficult for those needing to travel for the holiday. I am lucky; close family all close!

Joyeux Noel a tous!
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:23 AM
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yes, snow isn't as picturesque when one is driving on the highway, trying to get home
Travel safely, all
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:42 AM
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1. What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

2. What kind of candle burns longer, a red or green candle?

3. How do sheep in Mexico say "Merry Christmas"..?

4. Why does Santa have 3 gardens?

5. What do elves learn in school?

6. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

1. Frosted Flakes
2. Neither - candles always burn shorter
3. Fleece Navidad
4. So he can "hoe hoe hoe"
5. The elf-abet
6. Frostbite
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 09:53 AM
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We got snow and then ice and then snow again and temperatures going down to 0 F. so our clan gathering has been postponed to New Year's Day and our family dinner to the first evening the roads are clear. Bah, humbug.

But Merry Christmas to all of you.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 10:18 AM
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Thanks Elaine, you are right. It is Loesser.
Its one of my favourite songs too - funny how the best pleasures lie in things forbidden, don't they ?
I'd love to hear the version you mention. Do you have any info on it ?
I'll try finding it.

Merry Christmas to you.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 10:25 AM
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Elaine, Johnny Mercer apparently sang a version of this song I'm told, but I don't know who sang the female part. My aunt tells me this, as she loves the song too which is how I came to hear it. She says that she thinks it was from a movie in the 40s starring Esther Williams.
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Dec 23rd, 2004, 10:29 AM
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Buone feste! We received an e-mail greeting from the hotel in Florence where we are booked in March saying this very thing. How nice of them.
Also, this seems like a good thread on which to say that I got an inordinate amount of Christmas joy by corresponding with Santa on fodors this year.
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And in the immortal words of Tom Lehrer:

Christmas time is here, by golly
Disapproval would be folly
Deck the halls with hunks of holly
Fill the cup and don't say when...

Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens
Pour the punch, drag out the Dickens
Even though the prospect sickens,
Brother, here we go again.

At Christmas time you can't be sore
Your fellow man you must endure
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty four...

Relations, sparing no expense, will
Send some useless old utensil.
Or a matching pen and pencil.
Just the thing I need. How nice.

It doesn't matter how sincere it is
Nor how hard felt the feeling
Sentiment will not endear it
What's important is... the price!

Hark the herald tribunes sing,
Advertising wondrous things...

God rest ye merry merchants may
ye make the yuletime pay...

Angels we have heard on high,
Tell us to go out and BUY!


Hear the raucous sleigh bells jingle
Hail our dear old friend, Kris Kringle
Riding his reindeer across the sky...
Don't stand underneath when they fly by!

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Dec 23rd, 2004, 10:42 AM
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Hi Mathieu
the film was "Neptune's Daughter."

the reversed gender roles version I have
is by Nancy LaMott and Michael Feinstein. If you don't know Nancy LaMott, she was a gifted cabaret and recordings singer who died quite young several years ago--I have several of her CDs, her voice was extraordinary and she put her unique stamp on many old standard songs.

The recording of BBICO is from her Christmas album. It's not my favorite Xmas album to play because it includes several solemn songs that are not to my taste at this time of year, but I do put on 'repeat' the BBICO duet, and another, newer gem, called "All Those Christmas Cliches."

And, I thought I'd mention apropos of nothing, that
"White Christmas" is one of my all-time favorite films, corny or not, I tear up everytime.
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