Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Silent Night (1957)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) How well do you know "Silent Night?" Without looking up the lyrics, could you sing along with Elvis? Certainly the first verse. I've got that down. Second verse? I'm a little shaky. I know it opens with "Shepherds quake at the sight" and then there's another line I can't recall, and, "Heavenly hosts sing 'Hallelujah!' Christ the Savior is born." Third verse? I need my hymnal. (PS Singing this by candlelight is my favorite part of the Christmas Eve service.)

2) The Christmas with Elvis album hit the stores in October 1957. Were you already preparing for Christmas back in October? Yes. I pick up gifts for people as I find them. I bought my first Christmas 2017 gift before Christmas 2016. My friend Kathleen displays decorative tiles and I brought one home for her from Key West last year.

3) Clearly Elvis liked a flocked white Christmas tree. Is your tree flocked, aluminum or pine green? Real or artificial? Or do you skip the whole tree thing altogether? All I have here at home is a wreath on the front door. I skip the tree altogether because I'll be visiting my friends in Key West again. I will decorate my hotel room with a tiny nativity scene and a Santa door hanger.

4) Back in the late 1950s, Elvis left his hair its natural brown color. In the 1960s he began having it dyed black. Do you have a salon appointment scheduled between now and year end? Today is my last hair cut and color of the year. I really don't need the cut just now, but if I wait two more weeks (the next opportunity for an appointment), my hair will get all swoopy and swishy, like Hermie the Elf.
That's me on the left. There are even more cowlicks under my cap.

5) Have you ever peeked, looking for a Christmas gift you know is hidden for you somewhere in the house? Ever? I may have as a child, but I don't recall specifically. And as an adult, I've lived alone, so snooping would be silly.
6)  Which do you prefer, candy canes or gingerbread?  Gingerbread!
7) Is anyone receiving a home made or do-it-yourself gift from you this year? Nope

8) Do you wrap holiday gifts in paper, or do you take the gift bag route? Usually I wrap. With paper. As opposed to rapping. As in, "I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry and I'm not throwing away my shot." (Hamilton, of course.)

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. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Because every child deserves a little magic at Christmas.



  1. Love your answer for #8. Have a great Saturday!

  2. Aw, I love that you will decorate your hotel room a little bit. I probably wouldn't think to do that.
    Hair like Hermie....laughing over here because I TOTALLY get that. It's like there's this line with growing hair where it's all good right up to it and then 1 minute past it and...SPROING!!!
    Toys for Tots is a great organization and also near and dear to our hearts with the hubby being an old Marine.

  3. Decorating your hotel room sounds like a fun thing to do. I can't wait to hear about your trip. I hope that the Keys have recovered well from the hurricane. Enjoy your trip :)

  4. We used to have a very active Toys for Tots thing going on around here, but it disappeared. I don't know what happened to it. I miss giving to it. And I did answer #9 like a small business person because I am one, what with being a freelancer and my husband being a construction contractor and us owning a farm and all. Maybe charities should set aside June to target entrepreneurs and small businesses. And thank you for doing Saturday 9!

  5. I like gingerbread, too. We made cookies one year when the twins were here. And what a great idea to decorate a hotel room. Why not? Sounds lovely. Merry Christmas to you Gal.
    Great call on Toys for Tots. Bikers even get behind that one.


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