It's Only July! I Know It's Too Early for Christmas But ...

roasted chestnuts
Austin, Texas
July 28, 2017 10:55am CST
Please don't laugh at me. Laugh with me. I know it's only July and it's too soon to be in the Christmas holiday spirit but ... One of my favorites songs for this particular holiday season is ... what else? ... "The Christmas Song". Nobody can sing it better than the man with the velvet voice, the late Nat King Cole {FYI: Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965)}. { For your listening pleasure. youtu.be/dhzxQCTCI3E } For years, I never even knew the name of this song. For me the title was "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire". Love this song! Never once in my life ever saw chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Never even saw a picture of chestnuts roasting or roasted on an open fire. We didn't have a fireplace in any of the homes we lived in when I was growing up and my mom never roasted them in the oven. When I finally got my own home with a fireplace, it never occurred to me to go out to the store, buy some chestnuts and roast them! (Sigh.) It was nothing more than a beautiful dream. Until now! Found a picture of roasted chestnuts! It uplifted my spirits somehow. Put me in such a good mood, just gotta share it!! Can't keep this wonderful feeling all to myself, can I?
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@JudyEv (97391)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jul
I never knew Nat King Coles full name was Nathaniel Adams Cole. It sounds like a different person!
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• Austin, Texas
28 Jul
It does doesn't it? I'm always fascinated by the professional names that celebrities use. Sometimes when you learn their real names, you wonder if they apologize to their parents. Like "Sorry mom and dad! But can't use this name y'all gave me to get ahead!" Some of them have names that you know would have killed their career before it was even started. However, I must say, that Nat King Cole's real name isn't all that bad. But it is more of a mouth full to say than Nat King Cole. Plus the "king" part of the name really suited the guy. He was the king of the crooners back in his day. When people like "old blue eyes", Frank Sinatra, pay you respect, you know you're good!!
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@JudyEv (97391)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jul
@cmoneyspinner It always amazed me that Engelbert Humperdinck did so well. You'd think that name would be a handicap.
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• Austin, Texas
28 Jul
@JudyEv - Yeah! And Engelbert Humperdinck was so good looking! Somehow that name didn't suit his looks at all. But it didn't matter. Somebody who looked like him and sang like him, you would remember no matter what their name was!
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@allen0187 (26392)
• Philippines
29 Jul
Here in the Philippines once the -ber months hit, you'll be seeing Christmas decors go up and hearing Christmas songs and carols played on the radio!
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• Austin, Texas
29 Jul
Oh really? You Filipinos are like me. I just can't wait to get in the holiday spirit!
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@allen0187 (26392)
• Philippines
29 Jul
@cmoneyspinner sometimes it is too much too soon when in comes to the holidays here in Manila.
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• Austin, Texas
30 Jul
@allen0187 - Yeah. That's my daughter's complaint too.
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@velvet53 (15379)
• Palisade, Colorado
31 Jul
Oops. almost forgot. I have never had roasted chestnuts either.
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• Austin, Texas
31 Jul
LOL. They have this saying about classic literature. Classics are the books on everybody's library shelf that nobody reads. Roasting chestnuts must be a beloved Christmas tradition that nobody ever practices.
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@velvet53 (15379)
• Palisade, Colorado
31 Jul
@cmoneyspinner That is so true. I wonder if I ever will roast chestnuts.
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@Corbin5 (79031)
• United States
28 Jul
I have never roasted chestnuts over an open fire either, and we had fireplaces. One of these days, you and I really need to roast some chestnuts over an open fireplace or in the oven, for heaven's sake.
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• Austin, Texas
29 Jul
A must add to the bucket list!
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@Corbin5 (79031)
• United States
29 Jul
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@DWDavis (11146)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
31 Jul
It has been a long time since I had roasted chestnuts. I think I was in Springfield, MA and some friends and I bought them from a street vendor. Or were we in Boston. It's been so long I can't be sure. I know they were good, though.
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• Austin, Texas
31 Jul
Boston? No surprise that there would be a street vendor selling roasted chestnuts. A street vendor in Texas? Doubt that'll ever happen!
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• United States
29 Jul
QVC has been doing Christmas in July all month!
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• Austin, Texas
29 Jul
We don't get the QVC channel any more. But my daughter really liked it when we did!
28 Jul
There is always one who has to mention Christmas in July lol! 149 days 11 hours 59 minutes until Christmas day apparently! It will soon be here though I know that much. I don't think there is anything wrong with being in the Christmas spirit in july,,, it is nice to see, I want to try and get there this year, the past few years Christmas has been horrible. Keep spreading your Christmas cheer, it might help me get into the spirits myself :-)
• Austin, Texas
28 Jul
Here's hoping this year will be one of the best years ever!
@Kandae11 (25719)
28 Jul
I also get a happy feeling when I think of Christmas.
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• Austin, Texas
28 Jul
Just thinking about things that make you happy is a tremendous blessing, isn't it? But that whole time of the year - i.e. the last 3 months, October, November and December - I always feel extra blessed and extra joyful! Hey! Why not? I made through a whole year with only 3 months to go!
@velvet53 (15379)
• Palisade, Colorado
31 Jul
I am like you. Certain things will come up and I will start thinking about Christmas. I already have some of my shopping done. I am mainly down to the grandchildren. All but one is old enough that they prefer money. Well they will get money but it will be my way. I plan to get each of them a few tiny, inexpensive gifts and put some money in each gift. Beings I have 8 grandchildren I won't be able to give them a bunch but I know they will be happy.