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If I could get little Red Leicester packs I would drop Baby Bell in a heartbeat and be SO MUCH HAPPIER.
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The lyric now goes, "Chestnuts roasting on a dumpster fire."
Damn you Kamilah!

Now I am craving some roasted chestnuts. I has easily been 50 years since I last had them.
Did you get your fix?
Got some roasted chestnuts for free from the owner of the pub we were in on Christmas eve eve. The Royal Oak in Tetbury, should you happen to be passing that way.
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What happened to the American tradition of roasting chestnuts?

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Everyone knows how the song goes, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." But how many people really have roasted chestnuts over an open fire for Christmas? I can't think of a single person. Of course nuts are part of Christmas tradition today as we can find walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, and of course the corresponding famed nutcrackers in stores. Chestnuts also can be occasionally be found but these are always the Chinese variety as opposed to the traditional American variety. It has been said that roasting chestnuts on an open fire was such a common tradition in the eastern United States that its distinctive smell could be found throughout towns in the east this time of year. Part of this was because the American Chestnut tree was extremely abundant prior to the early 1900's. But no more. So what happened to this once nearly universal American tradition? The answer can be found in the plight of the American Chestnut beginning in 1904.

The Asian chestnut trees have grown for millenniums with chestnut bark fungus, resulting in strong resistance. American trees, however, were never exposed to this fungus and therefore could not easily survive infection. Beginning in 1904 the first american tree infected with the bark fungus was found in the Bronx Zoo. The disease had been accidentally transported to the United Stated from Asia on an imported Chinese Chestnut tree. After the initial infection in the Bronx, the disease spread rapidly through air-born fungal spores. American Chestnut trees were killed by the billions. The disease quickly became known as chestnut blight, and by the early 1940's had made the american chestnut tree exceedingly rare. During this 40 or so year span the chestnut tree also was aggressively logged in forest areas and cut down in residential areas. This aggressive removal of trees was done simply because it was thought they were all going to die anyway. As a result, the blight made this once abundant tree has today been wiped out from the landscape and with it, the tradition of roasting chestnuts at Christmas time.
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I had no idea you were that old.
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Bette Midler turns 40 and does angst on a budget.
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I had no idea you were that old.
I am pretty old. 50 years ago we could still buy chestnuts at the grocery store. We would take them home and roast them in the oven (we didn't have a fireplace). At Christmas time we could even buy them already roasted and served up in a little paper cone. Alas, no more. :(
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I had no idea you were that old.
I am pretty old. 50 years ago we could still buy chestnuts at the grocery store. We would take them home and roast them in the oven (we didn't have a fireplace). At Christmas time we could even buy them already roasted and served up in a little paper cone. Alas, no more. :(
Well at about $6 a pound from what I see, they ain't dirt cheap but easily one of the less expensive bucket list options. Dammit, man, go git some!
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I may do that, but I don't want none of them furrin chestnuts, just the real merican ones.
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Chestnuts would be a good last name for a drag queen performer.

Cherry Chestnuts

i'll use it at my next show.
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I may do that, but I don't want none of them furrin chestnuts, just the real merican ones.
Omg, racism!
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Chestnuts would be a good last name for a drag queen performer.

Cherry Chestnuts

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You ain't no drag queen. You just a boy in a dress. :whuteva:
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