Jingle Bells

Bah Humbug.  Yes … it’s that time of year already.  Above:  the decorations in Marshall Field’s.  Marshall Field’s has now been taken over by Macy’s … but this flagship branch was – I believe – the world’s first-ever Department Store;  and still without a doubt one of the most fabulous).

A good thing about this time of year (one of many):  I’m out singing tonight.  I’m part of a part-time male voice choir (called the Dredge … don’t ask …) that forms up in the run-up to every Christmas, and then does a series of carol concerts in hospitals etc over the festive season.  Tonight’s one of our weekly rehearsals, and it’s great fun.

Annoying thing about this time of year:  the Salvation Army stations an army of donation-collectors up both sides of Michigan Avenue.  This wouldn’t be annoying in itself, except that they all have a little hand-bell that they ring constantly to attract attention.  Even this wouldn’t be annoying in itself … if you were an occasional visitor to the Mag Mile.  But if you walk up it 3 or 4 times a day, every day, between mid-November and Christmas … well … the occasional uncharitable thought does cross my mind.  Does that make me a bad person?

Jingle Bells … Jingle Bells …


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