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Mr. Bingle??

Today was one of the first Christmas parades in New Orleans. This wasn't my first parade here - sadly oktoberfest wins that honor - but this was my first parade honoring a local icon. Today was a parade welcoming Mr. Bingle.

Remy was beside herself - hopping up and down the sidewalk and texting her mother. I enjoyed the parade but it made me miss home. This one was mostly school bands and such ... just like the Christmas parade on church street. I also don't think I can ever hear a school band and not think about sitting on my parents front porch listening to CHS in the distance.

I think the homesickness is a little worse because there are so many scrooges here. I don't know if it is due to the tropical nature of the city or what but a lot of people here are downright bitter about Christmas ... However, it might also be because I am used to being surrounded by ornament makers and craft show lovers at this time of the year. Nonetheless, I really hope they don't take too much of the season away from me! I love waking up to Christmas music and seeing all the bright lights on the houses around me.

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.

~ Joan Winmill Brown ~

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