‘Twas The Week That Was Before Christmas (2020 edition)

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Hershey’s Kisses.

That commercial has been on every Christmas season for as long as I can remember.

I finished my therapy about two weeks early. Now that I have the leg pump to help with pushing the lymph out of my leg and into the rest of the system, I don’t need to go in for further drainage. The problem is a chronic one, so this will allow me to keep it down to a manageable one. I really have my therapist, Kate, to thank for the success: she worked with me a couple of years ago and was familiar with my history, and thought I might be a good candidate for the pump, and between her and the salesman from the company they were able to convince Medicare to pay for most of it.

So it’s Christmas week, meaning this Godforsaken year is almost at an end. I’ll be staying up late on New Year’s Eve to make sure 2020 is leaving. There are now not one but two Covid-19 vaccines available. I’m going to wait and see which one has the lower chance of killing me before I get it. I don’t go out a lot, so I don’t feel a pressing need to have it done, although I’m sure Aetna and Medicare will both be turning on the pressure…

Let’s look at last week…

I shared the classic The Andy Williams Christmas Album from 1963. I have great memories of it from home, and had listened to it a few times just to get myself in the Christmas spirit, such as it is these days. It didn’t fail to cheer me up.

This week’s questions were about the earliest news event that I remember vividly (JFK’s assassination, naturally, though I remember a little bit about Krushchev’s visit to the US and the Bay of Pigs), Christmaas songs that make me cringe, where I’ve shopped that would surprise people, and what holiday side dish I hate. (It’s kind of sad that I have no Scandinavian in my family, because then I could say lutefisk.)

We visited KBTR in Denver and played their Top Ten from December 14, 1964.

The quote made me think about the whole idea of "eternal life," which really puzzles you when you’re learning about it in second grade and never quite makes sense until you realize what it means. I shared about the time I learned what it meant.

There is an ongoing Battle of the Bands, between two different songs named "You Belong To Me," sung by the lovely Miss Patsy Cline and Miss Carly Simon. It’s really close right now, so if you haven’t voted in the battle, I encourage you to do so by Tuesday, when I tally all the votes and announce the winner. You don’t need any special qualifications to vote, so please, give the songs a listen and choose one.

My quote was from Lamebook, where I get most of my quotes from, and it dealt with decorating a house for Christmas. As Art Linkletter used to say, kids say the darndest things…

I was to name the eight things I like best about winter, and I chose the eight days sarting on Christmas and ending on New Year’s. The rest of the season… enh…

My featured artist was Chris Hillman of The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, Manassas, and The Desert Rose Band, among others. Kip thinks I picked him because I could use the word eponymous more than once. Really, that’s just the way it worked out. Really.

Linda’s word was "magnet," and the first thing that came to mind was Endust, a cleaning product from O-Cedar, which was a division of Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin, a local employment powerhouse) and currently owned by Nakoma Products, that called itself the "dust magnet," which got me talking about daytime TV in the ’70’s, a common theme around here.

Tomorrow for the Xmas Music Xtravaganza I’ll be trying to put together my own Christmas album, since Maggie asked me what would be on it. Five for Friday will be taking Friday off for Christmas, but all your other favorite features will be returning, so be sure and tune us in!

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And that’s wraps up this pre-Christmas edition of The Week That Was. Merry Christmas, and

8 thoughts on “‘Twas The Week That Was Before Christmas (2020 edition)

    1. They’re great, but kind of a pain because you have to unwrap each one individually, and there’s not a whole lot to them: a dozen might equal a small chocolate bar.


  1. The Hershey’s Kisses Christmas commercial is timeless and priceless! Love it. I also like the M&Ms Christmas commercials. Merry Christmas to you and Mary!


  2. Hi, John!

    Thanks for popping in at Shady’s Place, good buddy! As you might know from following me back in 2015 and again in 2020, I lived in the shadow of the Hershey chocolate plant. When I was a kid there in Central PA, everybody called the bite size candies “Hershey Buds.” It wasn’t until years later when I saw TV and print ads that I first heard them referred to as “Kisses.” Like you I appreciate the ultra smooth and polished vocal style of Andy Williams. I have two of Andy’s singles in my vinyl collection: “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” b/w “Days of Wine And Roses” and “Music to Watch Girls By.”

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, good buddy John!


    1. Andy was my parents’ favorite singer, and we used to watch his show every week. He was an entertainer, something you don’t see too much of anymore.

      That’s interesting that they were called something other than Kisses, as ubiquitous as they are. The story I heard was that the machine that made them would “kiss” the conveyor belt and leave the candy there. I can quite easily see them called “buds,” though…

      Have a good Christmas!


  3. You have a very busy life sir! Thanks for including me in your list of “look backs” too! And I LOVED the Hershey ad. Since I don’t get ‘regular’ TV any more, I’ve missed ads like that..


    1. I was torn between the Hershey’s ad and the M&M’s one where they see Santa.

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