Is “lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you” limited to the holiday season? I wondered that today as I pushed my snow blower around the driveway in the snow while trying to beat the freezing rain. I did, but man, I am sick of this winter and it’s still January! Anyway, as a follow-up to my Christmas Eve post, “When will it feel like Christmas?,” I give you this story.

With my Dad up from the Villages, we piled him, Megan, Kyle, Maddy and Maddy’s “Big Papi” into the car for a trip to Mom’s for dinner. Now it was probably the first Christmas dinner with my parents together in oh, forty years, and when my dad opened his “money card” present from his former bride and a single dollar came floating out, it started to feel a little like Christmas. Dinner was good and overall it was a wonderful day with family.

Everyone was kinda quiet as we began the round trip, so I fired up the iPod “Holiday” playlist. Of course Kyle and Megan started it, and for the next 40 minutes we belted out the classics:

  • Blue Christmas – Elvis
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  • Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  • Bing Crosby –It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

I think I even heard my Dad mumble out a few notes from the passenger side. The spirit of the season filled my TSX sleigh and I’m happy to report it felt a lot like Christmas.