The Sound of (Mostly) Music

December 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Posted in Giggles, Lollipop, Photo Tuesday, Transylvania | 17 Comments
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“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?


Fluffy Bunnies in Romania:
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See more festive photos at Beth’s on Thursday.




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  1. I am glad you are walking! Even if it is slowly. It is so worth it to be where you are.

  2. You are so brave, trekking through holiday trips with the three kiddos! Good for you!!

  3. I continue to be in awe of you during your experiment in international living! Safe travels and stay warm! xo

  4. I love your photos, as always, and this particularly charming description of your family on vacation. 🙂

  5. No winter vacations here, but they would be like yours if we did. The current favorite carol ’round our parts is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, which Bella even sing in her sleep. Javi demands to hear Let It Snow on repeat. I’m sure that’s something you’re tired of by now.

  6. The “white” photo is hauntingly lovely and my favorite, though the “gold” comes in nicely second. Your skill with a camera makes me want to go back and do my children’s childhoods again.

    We are good Christmas carol girls in this house…the boys not as much. So we girls turn up the tunes and sing on.

  7. can I tell you in all honesty – I would trade spots with you (whining and all) in a nanosecond!!

    Happy Holidays!

  8. Please, take me with you! Looks so magical – I’m really happy for you that you get to experience and savor a different kind of celebration this year.

    Merry Christmas my friend. (p.s. in keeping with our reputation as worst procrastinating parents, your card will probably arrive in 2012. just fyi)

  9. sigh…. just so wonderful, beautiful, everything.

    merry christmas!

  10. That sounds like a fabulous vacation!! Beautiful photos!

  11. How wonderful to go singing through the town. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. Really beautiful, really festive, and just gorgeous shots!!

  13. These are so beautiful!!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. I wish you a merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!

  15. Happy Holidays Stacia. Can’t wait to hear about your new adventures. And so glad you can experience this with two mobile feet.

  16. Stacia, it looks and sounds beautiful, even with the mismatched paces. I was in Vienna once in the summer, and even then it seemed like a perfect Christmas city. Cheers to you and your healing and your adventures overseas! I’m enamored. Happy New Year.

  17. I’m sure your family is a great source of strength to you on the road to recovery. Keep up the good work.

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