CHRISTMAS AT THE POPS 2013

December 13, 2013

A great evening. Snow expected, but not this night. Tomorrow, or perhaps the night after, the roads will be slick. But tonight, the roads are dry, though traffic is holiday heavy. As we drive into Boston, we can see the westbound Pike is bumper to bumper. Glad we aren’t going that way, we assure each other.

“We’ll have dinner after the concert,” I say. “Then when we are ready to come home, traffic will have cleared.

It’s an easy drive to Symphony Hall, but slow. Traffic gets heavier as we approach Boston. Owen is a patient traffic. Good thing, too. You need patience to drive in Boston any time of year, but near Christmas, you need saint-like patience. Still, it was easy enough. Take the Mass Pike all the way and get off at Prudential Center. Go  straight ahead out of the Pru tunnel. About five minutes later, Symphony Hall comes up on your right. We always find a parking space in less than a block. Against all odds, but so far, every year a space has been awaiting us.

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Note: The orchestral version of Sleigh Bells was written by Leroy Anderson (a Cambridge native who was Bandmaster at Harvard University) in July 1946 for the Boston Pops Orchestra.  It was performed by them and became a huge hit. The song remains — to this day — the most performed holiday song (per ASCAP).

We had Asian cuisine after the concert. It was good and the prices were no worse than they are locally … much to our surprise and pleasure. And we were hungry! They put an orchid on the table with dinner. Nice, very nice. It was so perfect, I didn’t know it was a real flower.

Traffic was much lighter on the way home. Indeed, the westbound traffic was no problem, but the eastbound side was now bumper-to-bumper. We managed to avoid the worst of it in both directions. Yay us. Full of sushi, noodles and Christmas music, I stopped to take a few pictures on Uxbridge Commons. We may not be Boston, but it was a picture from a Christmas story.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!



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19 replies

  1. Terrific… Sleigh Ride + a download w/history of the piece. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Nice post! Love that last pic!

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  3. It was very nice, indeed. And, yes, it was neat to have Owen drive and not have to deal with the usual suspects.

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  4. Your posts are bound and determined to get me into the Christmas spirit, even if I go kicking and screaming. Well done. 😀

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  5. I enjoyed this post. Our son lives in Boston. I grew up near Philly, but Boston was our second favorite city. The photo of the church is beautiful and fitting for this Christmas season. It sounds like a delightful night – The Pops and dinner!

    Boston traffic – When our son went to college on the North Shore, I quickly learned what driving in Massachusetts is like. You have to be very quick. On his graduation weekend, we witnessed six accidents in bumper to bumper traffic, as we drove from his school into Boston. I white-knuckled it the whole ride 🙂

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    • Yeah. Traffic. There ARE places with worse traffic than Boston, though it’s hard to imagine. Montreal is one. Israel — the whole contry — is another. I’m told (ironically) Switzerland is yet another. And of course — Italy! Boston combines rude, aggressive drivers with small crowded streets and inscrutable traffic signs/signals to make it a real adventure. There’s a book — I’m pretty sure it’s still available somewhere — called “Wild In The Streets: The Boston Driver’s Handbook” which is a hoot. Sadly, it’s also true. Motto of the book is “Never hit anything that votes.” It give a score sheet for how many points you get for hitting who … 50 points for the mayor (or is it 100? I’ll have to look that up) …

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