Saturday 9: O, Holy Night (1967)
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?
A. Fries? Joan of Arc. Escargot. Lots of tasty cuisine. Helping the colonists defeat the British so that we could become our own nation. (That last one should probably be first.)
2) How well do you know "O, Holy Night?" Without looking up the lyrics, could you sing along with Ella?
A. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! O hear the angels' voices o night, divine! O night. When Christ was born. O night! Divine!
I just sang that from memory and didn't look it up. How well did I do?
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?
A. Warmth and green colors.
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?
A. Nope again. Might have a taste of boiled custard, but not egg nog.
6) Thinking of holiday cuisine, what's your favorite Christmas cookie?
A. A sugar cookie and gingerbread tie for first place.
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?
A. I try not to have expectations. It is easier that way.
8) What one gift would you most like to receive this year? Do you think anyone will get it for you?
A. I didn't really ask for anything this year. I wouldn't mind some thermal underwear for overweight ladies. It is mighty chilly outside.
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.
A. Cancer research is very important and I like to support that. Generally I give to the American Cancer Society. My mother died of pancreatic cancer when she was 56 - just three years older than I am now.
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