57 minutes | Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Frank Murphy is joined by his friend Sarah Roberto, who says she is merry and bright, like the words on her sweatshirt. Frank is wearing a loud Christmas blazer that he bought at Kroger. Sarah notices the antique Christmas ornaments that were once owned by Jere’s Aunt Dee.
Jere will sing at a Christmas Eve Mass. Frank signed up to read at the Midnight Mass after finally finding his password for the ministry app on his phone.
When Frank was a kid, his parents would buy their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and keep it up into January. Frank wishes radio stations kept playing Christmas music until New Year’s Day.
Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is number one on Billboard’s chart this week. Billboard changed the way they do their charts several years ago.
Frank’s favorite Christmas song is “A Christmas Festival Overture” by the Boston Pops. Sarah’s favorite Christmas song is "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peevey. Hippos are the deadliest large land mammals.
Frank and Jere went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at Thompson-Boling Arena. He says the audience sits through most of the show and the volume is not too loud. They sat close enough to feel the heat from the fire effects on stage.
Sarah asks about raucous concerts. Frank recalls a punk rock show where he slam-danced unenthusiastically. Sarah got injured at a Foo Fighters concert in Atlanta in 2000.
Frank is dissatisfied with the over-abundance of secular Christmas songs on American radio. He also dislikes down-tempo songs. Frank listens online to Ireland’s ChristmasFM.
Sarah’s favorite Christmas movies are National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Elf. She says It’s a Wonderful Life is too depressing. She likes The Holiday and Last Holiday. Frank watched a Christmas rom-com last year that starred Lindsey Lohan.
Frank and Sarah both watched a Dolly Parton Christmas movie on NBC last year. It wasn’t very good but it was fun to see many familiar faces from Sevier County. Frank and Sarah agree that The Polar Express is a creepy-looking movie.
Sarah says the twenty-foot skeleton on Frank’s street has lost its head. Frank thinks his neighbor is probably removing its pilgrim hat to add a Santa hat. The skeleton is pictured on Google Street View.
Frank disliked the noise being made by a holly tree scraping against the house. As he pruned away the problem branches, his neighbor asked if he planned to put Christmas lights on the tree.
Frank recalls a time that Frank Jr. told Mark & Brian on KLOS that Grandma snores. She was unhappy when the man who owned the pool supply store said, “Hey Grandma, I heard that you snore!”
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