Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2018

beautiful-christmas-candles-2The Christmas Song (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, Merry Christmas to You”) is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé.

According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool”, the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.[1] “I saw a spiral pad on his (Wells’) piano with four lines written in pencil”, Tormé recalled. “They started, ‘Chestnuts roasting…, Jack Frost nipping…, Yuletide carols…, Folks dressed up like Eskimos.’ Bob didn’t think he was writing a song lyric. He said he thought if he could immerse himself in winter he could cool off. Forty minutes later that song was written. I wrote all the music and some of the lyrics.”

The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest – and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records – a second recording was made later the same year utilizing a small string section, this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts.

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68 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Christmas Jams 2018

  1. Vitamin, where you at? Are you working until dark? Daughter was still delivering packages tonight at 6:45pm. It was dark. She needed lights on. Wow!

    • eliihass says:

      I found this ‘review’ strange..

      The ‘review’ was not only rather dry and long-winded, but weirdly, too often unnecessarily lifts and inserts huge chunks of the book in the review …giving away far too much, but in the driest way possible, that it’s all so boring and unappealing.. A far cry from the actual book..

      It reads less like a review and more like a boring, long-winded college paper on Mrs Obama’s memoir.

      Thank God! most people read the book before this ‘review’ came out, because if one read this ‘review’, they’d not only be bored to death, they’d be less inclined to actually want to read the book ..

      • Ametia says:

        On point, eliihaas!

        NYT’s attempt at co-opting FLOTUS’ work & success. I’m surprised at Isabelle W. Her book 📖 Warmth of Sun was a huge success. I enjoyed it.

        Michelle Obama can tell her own story lshe doesn’t need washed up newspapers like NYT to rehash her book. She’s very savvy, she knows folks games. I hats why she’s touring & speaking. We get it from the primary source-Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama.

  2. Ametia says:

    Check out that righteous beatdiwn of Paul Ryan by Ari @ 36 min mark

  3. 21-aircraft missing man formation.

    Makes me feel sad watching the one peel off and disappear…….

  4. I stop at this Buc-ee’s all the time…………

  5. rikyrah says:


    Trump says approval rating would be 75 percent without Mueller
    Jordan Fabian

    President Trump claimed Thursday that his approval rating would be 75 percent if it wasn’t for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

    “Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge’s, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen,” Trump tweeted.

    Trump blasted Mueller’s probe as “Presidential Harassment!”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Let’s be honest…they DID have a strategy…it was called

    Paulie Walnuts is our mole…

    And now, he knows that Bobby Three Sticks KNEW that Paulie Walnuts was a mole and responded accordingly….

    I have to LOL everytime I think about Bobby Three Sticks delaying things with Paulie..




    The White House Has No Plan for Confronting the Mueller Report
    Nervous aides expect the president to lead the way, tweet up a storm—and, Rudy Giuliani promises, fight back.

    6:00 AM ET

    Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report—including the people who work at the White House.

    The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe. Sentencing memos are dropping. Plea deals are being struck. The president’s legal team expects a response to his written interview “soon.”

    When the report will hit is the question. That it will hit, and that it will contain at least some new problems for President Donald Trump and those close to him—especially as House Democrats take the majority—seem certain.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL Rikyrah, you crack me up with:

      Bobby Three Sticks delaying things with Paulie..


  7. Liza says:

    Did not get Best Director nomination? Are they serious?

    • Ametia says:

      They have some other director in mind, so didn’t include Ryan Coogler in director category.

      Remember Barry Jenkins directed 2016 movie “Moonlight” and he wasn’t nominated in the DIRECTER category either. AND…. Moonlight was BRILLIANTLY directed.

  8. Ametia says:

    This interview was SOOOOO AMZAING last night. FLOTUS has a natural way of making us feel like we are sitting in a living room having a heart-to-heart conversation with her.

    Love her focus on our children and making them feel valued and appreciated.

    BET News Special Exclusive: A Thousands Words With Michelle Obama
    A Conversation with Michelle Obama Hosted by Valerie Jarrett. Set in Miami at the regal St. Regis Hotel with the Leading Women Defined symposium as the back drop, former First Lady, Michelle Obama, sits with former presidential advisor, Valerie Jarrett, for an intimate one on one conversation covering her upbringing, life in the White House and overall coming of age as told in her new autobiography, Becoming Michelle Obama.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Judge denies LePage stay request in Medicaid expansion suit, but delays enrollment deadline
    The ruling effectively means the expansion will happen, but not until after Gov. LePage leaves office.

    The judge deciding the Medicaid expansion lawsuit has denied a stay request by the outgoing LePage administration, but set a new Feb. 1 deadline to enroll people in the expanded health insurance program.

    From a practical standpoint, the latest ruling makes the lawsuit a moot point. Gov.-elect Janet Mills, who assumes office in January, has vowed to begin enrolling people as soon as possible after her administration takes over.

    Maine voters approved Medicaid expansion in a November, 2017 referendum, but Republican Gov. Paul LePage, an expansion opponsent, has refused to implement it. About 70,000 low-income Mainers, mostly working-class childless adults or parents, will be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion.

    The advocacy group behind the voter referendum, Maine Equal Justice Partners, sued the LePage administration this spring, arguing that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services failed to follow the law by refusing to implement the expansion.

    Despite winning in court, the delays caused by having the court process play out has delayed implemententation, and with Mills taking over in January, Maine will be complying with the law.

    The ruling by Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy on Thursday agrees with Maine Equal Justice Partners but pushes off the requirement that enrollments begin from Dec. 5 to Feb. 1.

  10. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : December 6, 2018

    Dossier: noun DOSS-yay

    Definition: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject

  11. rikyrah says:

    Flynn oddly immune from Trump wrath, even after Mueller memo

    Rachel Maddow points out the abuse Donald Trump has heaped on the Robert Mueller investigation and anyone who has cooperated with it, and yet Trump has never said a discouraging word about Michael Flynn, even after court documents made clear the extent of his cooperation with Mueller.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Movement in Butina case eyed for potential Trump-Russia news

    Rachel Maddow reports on new developments in the case of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, including attention on her boyfriend, Republican consultant Paul Erickson, that could portend news regarding Russia’s efforts to influence American politics, perhaps with the NRA as a financial conduit.

  13. rikyrah says:

    National Republicans mum on apparent NC election fraud scheme

    Rachel Maddow reports the latest details in the increasingly insane story of what appears to the public unraveling of a genuine attempt to rig the a congressional election in North Carolina, and notes that national Republicans who have made a hobbyhorse of “voter fraud” suddenly aren’t as outspoken about this exposed scheme.

  14. rikyrah says:

    GOP and What Army? A Modest Proposal on How to Defy the Wisconsin Power Grab

    In Wisconsin, the Republican power grab is virtually certain now to get the signature of the outgoing Governor Scott Walker and become law. The Republican-controlled legislature in the state has voted to strip the Constitutional powers of the incoming Democratic governor and Democratic Attorney General (specifically, his power to withdraw the state from litigation against the Affordable Care Act), as well as shorten early voting, weaken the new governor’s power to issue regulations on WI’s voter ID law and the state’s economic development agency.

    Democrats have signaled that should the disgraced and outgoing Gov. Scott Walker (R) sign these subversions out of spite for the man who beat him, they may not get the last word. Lawsuits are a certainty, and of course, appropriate. The legislature cannot simply erode the powers of independently elected constitutional officers, and the voter suppression tactics have seen a rather successful level of resistance from the courts.

    The lawsuits should fly fast and furious. But that does not have to be the Democrats’ only response. The incoming Democratic administration – Wisconsinites elected Democrats to every statewide office last month – should simply govern as if the power grab had not happened.

    • eliihass says:

      This touched me.. I don’t care how old or stoic a woman is, her husband being attentive to her and her needs and doting on her publicly and privately, is always, always a really good thing .. In this case, even more so..

      Look how vulnerable she gets when he holds her hand and looks into her eyes..

      He’ll have to spend the rest of his life making up to her for what he’s put her through – as far as I’m concerned, but this is a good start..

  15. rikyrah says:


    The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) Tweeted:
    Don’t condemn white nationalists, Veterans Affairs’ diversity chief was told after Charlottesville, emails show

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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