The Sound of (Mostly) MusicDecember 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Posted in Giggles, Lollipop, Photo Tuesday, Transylvania | 17 Comments
Tags: Children, Christmas, Expats, Family, Holidays, Outdoors, Photography, Travel, Vienna
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” — Buddy the Elf
We’re in Vienna for Christmas, part of a 10-day vacation that will also take us to Slovakia and Hungary. The best part? Navigating the city by bus, subway train, and trolley. The worst part? Walking to, from, and between the various buses, trains, and trolleys. I’m newly back on two feet and still achy and slow. The kids take about twice as many steps as we do on their tiny little legs. And the baby wants nothing to do with the stroller, which we would all give our earmuffs to ride in. To keep the mood light (and occasionally drown out the crying) as we traverse the city on our way to the Butterfly House or the Riesenrad or the nearest mulled wine vendor, we sing Christmas carols. Lollipop and Giggles take turns belting out the Romanian ones they have learned at preschool, arguing over who’s pronouncing the words better. My husband and I opt for standards like “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph.” And Bun chimes in with the occasional “Hooah!” or mitten toss. We’re spreading Christmas cheer — and handfuls of Cheerios — uptown, downtown, and through town.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol? Ever sung it loud for all to hear? Ever made it through a winter vacation without losing someone’s glove, scarf, muffler, blanket, or hat?
See more festive photos at Beth’s on Thursday.