Saturday Snippets 18th December 2021…Merry…Not Christmas!


Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and for the next few weeks, I am going to try and use prompts that will incorporate a little festivity into the posts without using the word “Christmas”… this week after much deliberation my word is…Merry!

That’s as close to Christmas as can be… Let’s see how many connections I can make with the prompt “Merry” which are not followed by Christmas…

Merry Mountain (Mount Mary)…

Many ask themselves how Mary became Merry…and no smart answers…lol

In a report titled “Historical Resource Study, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area/California” dated October 1978. Here is an excerpt:

“Less than a mile east of the Tower House, on the Redding-Weaverville highway, part of 2,120 acres owned by the Merry Mountain Diggers Corp. was being mined early in 1938 under the management of Carl Harding of Redding. Although corporation officers, residents of Hollywood and San Francisco, California, invested a large sum of money on equipment early in the 1930s, the mine stood idle for most of 1938.”

The change in the name from Mary to Merry was in the pronunciation… some people say, Merry, instead of Mary,  See? And so they just decided it’s spelt that way. You see? because you say instead of Mary, you say Merry… So of course it’s gotten down to that. But it’s Mount Mary really just a quirk of pronunciation over the years and it stuck.

Merry Go Round…

What child doesn’t love the fair and the “Merry Go Round”

The merry-go-round is one of the oldest amusement rides. Also known as the carousel, the merry-go-round rotates on a circular platform around a pole. The platform holds seats for riders.

A motor spins the platform around the large central pole. Between rows of seats, passengers ride wooden horses and other animals. Poles anchor the animals in place. Once in a while, the colourful animals move up and down. The movement simulates galloping. Meanwhile, calliope music plays, adding a light-hearted atmosphere.

Old King Cole” is a British nursery rhyme first attested in 1708. Though there is much speculation about the identity of King Cole, it is unlikely that he can be identified reliably as any historical figure.

Ole King Cole was a Merry ole Soul…And a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl and he called for his fiddlers three.


July 25 1781-June 12 1853.

Merry Joseph Blondel was a French history painter of the neoclassical school. A winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1803 …Charles X of France bestowed on him the rank of Knight of the Order Legion after which he offered him a professorship d’Honneur at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts where he remained until, his death in 1853..

Such beautiful detail in his work…I admire anyone who has such talent.

Lord of the Rings…

Merry Brandybuck is a troublemaking hobbit with a brave streak that some might call foolhardy…warm-hearted and naively brave. Merry ventures out into the world where few hobbits have gone before. The presence of fellow hobbits—Pippin especially—keeps him jolly for as long as reasonably possible, before the horrors of war and the dangers of the outside world sober them up.

We also have The Merry Wives Of Windsor… written by Shakespeare.

The Merry Wives of Windsor or Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare first published in 1602, though believed to have been written in or before 1597.

Thank you for joining me for Saturday Snippets…I know I wasn’t going to mention the word but…Hey Ho…it’s Christmas…

Have a lovely evening …see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup and its not late to send me a picture of your Christmas jumper or sox…xx


24 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 18th December 2021…Merry…Not Christmas!

  1. petespringerauthor

    Your first reference to Merry caught my eye because Whiskeytown Recreation Area is less than three hours away from us. We’ve swum and camped there several times.

    I’m one of those who don’t do well on spinny rides like merry-go-rounds.

    I like Merry Hell’s sounds. I know I’ve seen them before (maybe on Clive’s blog if not here.)

    Merry Christmas, Carol! We’re driving 7 hours to spend Christmas with family. It will be good to spend time with our son and his fiancee.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      What a coincidence, Pete and yes my hubby is one of them like you however me I love Merry go rounds…
      It was Clive as he mentioned that he didn’t know that I liked one of his favourite bands.
      Have a safe journey, Pete and enjoy your Christmas with your son and his fiancee ours will be a quiet one as travel doesn’t allow for visitors once again… but zoom is a great way to catch up and we speak every day….Merry Christmas to you and yours , Pete xx

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  2. Clive

    A great post of Merry-ment, Carol. I’m amazed you know of one of my favourite bands, though – they aren’t exactly big box office outside the English folk circuit. One of their best songs and the video is brilliant 😊 x

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      1. Victoria Zigler

        Glad you liked them. And I couldn’t remember if you only commented on Facebook or also responded to my eMail. It’s been a busy couple of days with a lot going on. X

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Diana happy you enjoyes tge clips.. Blondel was certainly a wonderful artist… I also extend my best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful festive season.. I hope evetyone has a very MERRY ⌚… 😂🎅🌲

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