Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jingle Bells

The Weather Channel was playing Christmas carols today and when Jingle Bells came on it reminded me of a trip my late husband and I took to Spain some years ago.

We were staying at a hotel in Torremolinos and one of the side trips being offered was a barbeque at a farm up in the hills. The passengers on our bus were a very international group--Canadian, British, German, Spanish, American, Italian, etc. On the way back, replete with BBQ and wine, one of them tried to initiate a singsong. Whichever song he tried there were never more than a couple of others who knew the words. Then he hit on Jingle Bells and the whole bus erupted into song.

Everyone on that rickety old bus knew the words, including the driver. I'll never forget speeding back down that narrow country road on a warm September night, hitting every pothole on the way with spine-jarring accuracy, with all the passengers singing Jingle Bells at the top of their voices.

Happy Holidays everyone. May your Christmas be merry and bright, and may 2016 be the best year ever.


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