Saturday, December 19, 2015

Grandma May be Down, Not Out - Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (1979)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) According to a marketing research firm, this song is both one of the most played and most hated songs of the season. Do you like it? Not really.  It usually becomes an earworm, every time I hear it on the radio....It's playing in my mind as I blog.

2) In this song, Grandma's troubles start when she drinks too much eggnog. Do you like eggnog? Yes, I usually mix it with with a little milk as it is too thick and sweet for my taste.  Silk has a good almond milk nog that is just right. I haven't put rum or liquor in it for drinking too much will only make this Grandma chubbier. 

3)  In the song, Grandpa recovers from losing Grandma by drinking beer and playing cards with Cousin Mel. Will you be celebrating the holidays with cousins? No just DD2, this year...most of my cousins are in CA. We always celebrated with aunts and cousins on Christmas with a chili dinner.  We still have chili on Christmas here in MO.

4) When did you most recently drink a beer? Was it in a bottle, a can or a glass? In college in the 60's.  I never cared for the taste. It was probably in a bottle or glass.

5) The lyrics refer to "pudding of fig." In "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," the carolers demand figgy pudding. Yet despite its popularity in holiday songs, Sam has never tasted fig pudding. Have you? I think so, my grandma made a tasty, moist, made in a loaf, Christmas sweet.  It had lots of nuts and raisins, it wasn't a fruit cake and she did not refer to it as figgy pudding, but the consistency was pudding like...Though not chocolaty Jello pudding like.  The English seem to refer to all desserts as pudding.

6) Thinking of holiday sweets, would you prefer a gingerbread cookie or slice of pumpkin pie? Ginger bread anything. I prefer my ginger bread more cake like, but I don't mind a good gingerbread man. Mr BC likes pumpkin pie and I will make a sugarless one for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

7) This song was recorded by a duo named Elmo & Patsy. It occurs to Sam that she has never met anyone named Elmo. How about you? Any Elmos in your life? Yes, my first 'boyfriend's' dad was named Elmo. They were originally from Texas.

8) Do you need snow to get "into the spirit?" I usually spend my Christmas in CA since I grew up there.  Christmas was never snowy.  We haven't had snow here exactly on Christmas here that I can recall, though I know it must have.....sometime. 

9) Random question: Are you going to get/have you gotten a flu shot this year? I would like to get one but I keep forgetting.  I have heard the shot this year won't protect from the flu, they are expecting.  I was going to get one anyway.


  1. Mom and dad both got a flu shot in October so they are safe (they hope) :)

  2. Green Christmas is so rare in Northern Maine that it's always a big deal.

  3. So far, you're the only one to meet an Elmo.

  4. I've got my flu shot. I had the flu one time and it was awful.
    Figgy pudding was probably quite a treat at one time. Figs are so sweet. And yes, I enjoy the humor of "Grandma got run over by a reindeer".

  5. I grew up in California and have lived here all my life, so a white Christmas is foreign to me too!