Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Countdown Headlines

Everyone wants the Christmas Countdown in their headlines.  CNBC's headline today "Wall Street eyes triple-digit gains as Christmas countdown begins".  And doubled that play with this  subheading:  "Oil plays the role of Grinch this year".

The countdown of the year's best already started last week in the Globe and Mail.  Today, on the side panel of the Christmas Countdown retrievals is Most expensive celebrity home listings of 2015 and we find out that Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was listed at $100 million and the Neverland clock out front remains in place with the return to the name of the ranch before Jackson 'Sycamore Valley Ranch' . It has 2,700 acres.

There's the question of how Christmas is celebrated by the Jewish.  The top 5 Christmas songs were written by Jews, so music would be a component.  They were written during the great American Songbook period, when every great Hollywood songwriter was Jewish:
  1. "White Christmas" - Written by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby's version is the best selling single of all time
  2. "The Christmas song" ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire") - Written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme and recorded four times by Nat King Cole
  3. "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" - Sammy Cahn wrote the song in 1945, during a heatwave in Los Angeles
  4. "Santa Baby" - written by Joan Javits and made famous by Eartha Kitt
  5. "Winter Wonderland" - written in 1934 and recorded by more than 200 singers
Our floral portrait of an amaryllis today celebrates the first song, White Christmas. 

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