The Little Christmas Week That Was

This edition of The Week That Was is brought to you by Marlboro cigarettes. Filter, flavor, flip-top box!

We celebrate the Feat of the Epiphany of Our Lord this weekend. It commemorates the arrival of the “three kings” from the East. Actually, they were astrologers who had seen the Star over the stable where Jesus had been born, saw it as a significant astrological event, and set out on camelback to find the King of the Jews. When they found him, they gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. A lot more happened after that, which you can read in the Gospel of St. Luke, but the significance was that they were not Jewish and were nevertheless led to Jesus. You might remember I talked about this in my story about the Christmas play, which, if you haven’t read it, you can find here.

Aside from that, it was a very quiet week. Mary has a medical appointment tomorrow (nothing serious, just a routine exam), but nothing more exciting than that. All is well here.

So let’s move on to…

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And that’s it for this edition of The Week That Was.

17 thoughts on “The Little Christmas Week That Was

  1. My mother smoked those and my father smoked Winston. I remember them smoking in the car and my sister and I could barely see out the window because of the smoke.
    Christmas was great…this past week however was terrible…all of us got a stomach virus…not fun.


    1. Having smoked both at one time or another, I know they’re practically interchangeable (the packs even look very similar). Mom smoked king size Chesterfields and Dad smoked Camels. We were on vacation one time and toward the end Dad pointed out that he still had half a carton left after Mom had gone through a carton.

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        1. Neither the Chesterfields nor Camels were filtered (at least not the ones my folks smoked). It wasn’t until the ’50’s that filter cigarettes started gaining popularity, and by the ’60’s most smokers smoked filter cigarettes. Mom never did: she stuck with the king size Chesterfields until just before she died (she didn’t have lung cancer, though her cancer metastasized into her ungs).

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  2. I remember being so influenced by this commercial as a child. I’d go around singing like Julie London all day. I thought she was IT – the epitome of the strong yet sensual and desirable woman. Is it any wonder I can still sing this song to this day? Gotta love commercials!
    PS – if memory serves correctly, there’s a longer version with her in a bubble bath but I can’t find it!


    1. Oh, wow, Julie London… a gorgeous woman with a fantastic voice, no doubt helped by the Marlboros. Her “Cry Me A River” is one of the all-time great torch songs, if not the greatest. Just her with Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass, and I bet she could have done it without Barney and Ray and it’d still be a great recording.

      I’ll keep an eye out for the commercial. There are a bunch of composite videos of cigarette commercials on YouTube, it might be on one of those…

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