Saturday Night Serenade–Christmas Favorites

Everybody has a favorite Christmas song.  Maybe you even have more than one.  I think my favorite is All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey.  And the one with Jimmy Fallon and TheRoots playing classroom instruments is my absolute favorite version.  Be sure to watch for the pop-up kids–they crack me up!

The song features prominently in my favorite Christmas movie, Love Actually.  Here at Chez R, we always make sure we watch it some time during the Christmas season.  It’s one of our traditions.

Another tradition is heading to downtown West Palm Beach to see the Sandi Tree, a HUGE Christmas tree built entirely out of sand, down on the waterfront.  Every half-hour or so they do a whole program with music and lights.  It’s lots of fun.

What are your own traditions?  How about the ones in your area?

I hope you’re having a wonderful evening surrounded by those you love.  Be sure to give them a hug.

And just because I love you, I’m leaving you with Billy Mack (actor Bill Nighy in Love Actually) with his holiday hit, Christmas Is All Around.  If you haven’t seen the movie, seriously!  Do.

Happy Saturday night!

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Saturday Night Serenade–Christmas Blues

Only two more weekends until Christmas!  Have you finished all your shopping?  Here at Chez R, we have not.  Finances being what they are, we’re scraping up what we can to put together what will be a lean Christmas for our loved ones.  Everyone should manage to get a little something, but it won’t be like it has been in years past.

Mr. R and I are last on the list, but that’s okay.  We have what’s important anyway, the kind of thing that can’t be wrapped and put under a tree.  And I’m perfectly content with that, as long as we get something out to the family.

I’m looking forward to Christmas Day itself.  It should be calm and bright, no hustle or bustle.  In fact, it will be the first day I can plan on sleeping late for the foreseeable future.

As content as I am, I’m still in the mood for a little Christmas blues, so I’m starting out with the incomparable B.B. King.  There are many versions of Merry Christmas Baby, but his is the best.

The second helping (the B-side, LOL) is Jon Bon Jovi with Please Come Home for Christmas.

I hope you’re snuggled warm and safe with those you love.  Be sure to give them a hug.  Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–It’s the Holiday Season

I LOVE the Christmas season!   The tree is up and we’re all decorated here at Chez R.  I confess, our shopping isn’t finished yet, but it will be soon.  But I’m thrilled  for the holiday season.  November was brutal–bring on the Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men!

I’m also excited about all the great music.  I’ve had this Andy Williams holiday classic stuck in my head for days.

“…so hoop-de-do, and dickory dock, and don’t forget to hang up your sock…”  It’s infectious.  It just makes me happy, so I hope you enjoy this tour of Christmastime Manhattan while Andy Williams sings.

There are so many great songs, it’s hard to choose.  I had to add this old standard with a Pentatonix twist.  I promise, it won’t be the last of their songs for the month of December.

I hope you’re with those you love tonight, all warm and safe.  Be sure to give them a hug.  Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–We Need a Little Christmas

Happy last Saturday of November!
If you’re in the US, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Here at Chez R, we had a nice, peaceful day, with a delicious meal for which we were truly thankful.

Have you ever felt like you need a little Christmas?
We live in Palm Beach County, and we just survived a nasty, contentious election season that ended with the recount from Hell.  Ultimately, I stopped caring about who won or lost.  Just get the friggin’ thing over with, and let’s get on with our lives.

Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of the fact that we’re all on the same side.  We all love our country, and we believe in liberty and justice for all.  We all love our families, and we want to leave behind us a world that’s better than the one into which we were born.  It’s beyond disheartening to see everything turned into Us vs Them.

To be honest, I was ready to decorate for Christmas back in September.  I just wanted a little something to lift the spirits, to distract from the angry, spiteful, false, fear-based rhetoric lambasting us from all sides.

But this holiday weekend, Mr. R and I finally dragged in all the boxes from the garage and set up the tree.  He decorated the fireplace (since it’s still in the 80s, we won’t be needing it anytime soon), and we have a start on the outside lights.  Because we need a little Christmas now.

This version of the holiday classic is from the 1974 movie Mame, and it features the divine Lucille Ball.  If you need a little Christmas like I do, this should be just the thing.

I’ll leave you with a photo of our finished tree.  Normally there’s a cat curled up beneath it, but she must have wandered off.  It’s covered with ornaments we’ve gathered over the years, and things the kids made somewhere along the line.  Those are the most special decorations, now that they’re grown and out on their own.

I hope you’re still enjoying this long holiday weekend.  Be sure to hug the ones you love.

Happy Saturday night!

 

 

Saturday Night Serenade–Cold November

Cold weather arrived here in the US this week, didn’t it?  I think a lot of places skipped fall and went straight to winter.

Even here in south Florida, we went from the high 80s to lows in the low 50s.  I had to put on socks, people.  Shit got serious, LOL!

Tonight’s song is one I haven’t been able to get out of my mind.  I suppose it works for Cold November Snow, too.

All joking aside, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of California whose homes and neighborhoods are being devastated by wildfires.  Last time I heard, there were 600 people still unaccounted for.

600.  It boggles the mind.

So if you’re a praying person, be sure to send up a few words for the missing and for those left behind.  And for the firefighters, who run in when the rest of us run out.  May they be kept safe.

And if you’re in the position to do so, maybe consider donating to the Red Cross Wildfire Relief effort.

In the meantime, stay warm.  Huddle up with those you love and be sure to hug them tight.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Lazy November Evening

It’s HOT here today in south Florida.  Here it is, November, and the temps were in the high 80s today.  Which doesn’t feel at all like November.  A couple of weeks ago, it was cool enough one night to have a fire in the fireplace.

That’s what I’m in the mood for tonight.  A cozy fire, a nice glass of wine, and Norah Jones playing in the background.  Maybe we’ll do that anyway, minus the fire as the AC keeps the heat at bay.

How are you this fine evening?  Is the weather where you are more conducive to a nice fall night?

I hope you’re well.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–I Love the 80s

Is it just me?
I love the music of the 80s.

I saw a news report this week that talked about the fact that we all find a certain amount of comfort in nostalgia, in looking back on times when we felt happy and safe.  With the mid-term elections this week, make of that what you want.

In my Facebook group, Pandora’s Passionista Paradise (if you’re not a member yet, why not?  Click to join!) we recently made an 80s ‘Mix Tape’ and someone posted Wild, Wild West by Escape Club.

OMG!  I loved this song back in the day.  I have no idea what it means, and I don’t care.  It’s a fun song from 1988 and it makes me happy.

I’m adding a second gem from 1988.  I love this song by R.E.M.  Again, I don’t know the deep meaning, I just love to sing along.

What would be on your 80s playlist?  Comment below with your favorites.

In the mean time, I hope you’re enjoying this first weekend of November.  We’re on the downhill slide to the holidays now.

Be sure to hug those you love.  Happy Saturday night!