It’s the first day of December. Which means it’s 24 days till Christmas Day. I haven’t started shopping, or really started thinking too much about it, but you can feel that something has shifted in the Beaufetheringstone house. If Lady B had an iPod and a speaker system, her playlist would likely be queued up with all the best Christmas music. As it is, I’ve heard her humming a few carols around the house.
I first learned that song in seventh grade chorus. I never really thought much about who Wenceslas was and what country he had ruled. He was as much a myth to me as Achilles or Zeus.
However, recently, as I was perusing a map of Prague, I spotted Wenceslas Square and the song that I hadn’t thought of since junior high sprung back into my mind. Then, in a fit of research not dissimilar to how I get distracted while writing, I looked up the history of Wenceslas. Here’s the Horrible Histories version:
But I digress. The reason I was looking at that map is because I am about to visit Prague for the first time and I am ridiculously excited. And while some people play Christmas music to get themselves in the mood for the holidays, I have downloaded some Czech language pop songs to ease me in to this little vacation. I find that when I grow comfortable with the sound of a language, travelling is always a little bit easier.
One of the things I am particularly excited about is Prague’s rich Jewish history and well-preserved Jewish quarter. And where better to spend Hanukkah, the festival of lights, which starts next week? Hmm, I think it might be time to put on some Hanukkah music.
Do you have any rituals that you do? Either to prepare for the holidays or to prepare for vacations?