The Christmas Eve Eve Eve Week That Was

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The nice thing about not making a big deal about Christmas is that you don’t have a million and one things to worry about in week or so running up to the holiday. We plan on not having much of anything going on except for eating that day. Then comes our favorite week of the year, the last one of 2019. Living a quiet life does have its advantages. I know for a lot of you that you have a lot going on at this time of the year, and I’m hoping that all of you are able to relax soon. Here’s the summary for last week.

Last week’s prompt was "baby," and I went with a song that uses the word several times, "Chains," written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, as performed by The Beatles, from their first album.

Unless something comes in after I’ve written this, my last Battle for 2019, between songs named "Games People Play" by Joe South, The Spinners, and The Alan Parsons Project, ended in a three-way tie. All three had considerable exposure when they were on the charts, so that doesn’t really surprise me. Thanks to all who voted.

I shared an episode of The Andy Williams Christmas Special from the late ’60’s, which had songs by the host, The Osmond Brothers, The Williams Brothers (Andy and his older brothers, who sang as a combo in the ’30’s and ’40’s), and the former Mrs. Andy Williams, Claudine Longet. There were also appearances by Andy’s parents and children, who were quite young at the time.

Some pretty easy questions this week: Do I like getting Christmas cards in the mail, whether I like the taste and smell of peppermint, my least favorite side dish, the best gift I ever gave someone, and Christmas songs that make me cringe. I also threw together a short playlist of holiday favorites, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.

Dominick Frontiere, who composed the theme songs for The Outer Limits and The Flying Nun, was the featured composer.

I shared a pithy tweet from Simon Holland, who is a very funny guy that I’d recommend to those of you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

I shared my technique for project estimation from my days as a programmer-analyst, which those of you who need such a technique can borrow without attribution.

We visited KIMN and reviewed their Top 10 from the week before Christmas in 1970.

I chose words that end in "ingle" and did my usual meanderings through my brain. I think it came out well.

I have a third Christmas special on tap for tomorrow, Perry Como’s Christmas In Paris from 1982. Sharing the Christmas specials has been good because I’m getting to where I’m playing the same songs year after year, and I needed a break, as I’m sure you all did. Henry Mancini will be the featured TV composer this coming week, I have a couple of what I hope will be entertaining and uplifting posts for Christmas, and I’ll have to see what the prompts bring me for Thursday and Saturday. And, of course, we’ll do a historical Top 10 on Friday. Be sure and join us!

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was. See you in the funny papers!

7 thoughts on “The Christmas Eve Eve Eve Week That Was

  1. Hi John – I enjoyed a few of your posts this week – especially the project estimation and Simon holland share –
    and today’s post – the note about not getting all frenzied with the holiday – that is us as well.
    we had a couple busy days – but because we do not travel (we don’t force it like we did early on in our marriage and it was horrible to be delayed or in long lines at airport)
    so we also have quietude
    – and plan to next week too
    — and wishing you a merry Christmas


    1. We drove the only time we traveled for Christmas (we went to Chicago to spend it with my mom). We were lucky we didn’t have to deal with a blizzard or high winds, but we planned on taking a couple of days to get there, anyway. We could have flown, but I knew what airports were like at this time of the year from all the business travel I did, and Mary doesn’t like to fly. We’d take our time, stop at a hotel halfway there (and halfway back) and spend the night, and in general enjoy ourselves.

      Glad you liked the posts!


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