I was in New York City a couple weeks ago for a writers’ conference and during some free time, a friend and I headed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What struck me as soon as we got out of the cab was not only the massive columns of the grand entrance, but the sound of a bell. A light…crisp…and comforting sound of holiday seasons gone by. It was the little, hand-held bell of the Salvation Army volunteer standing in front of the museum steps, calling us in an unspoken and cheerful way to remember the less fortunate at a time of the year when ‘want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices‘. (Dickens)
To me, this sound is part of Christmas. Macy’s must agree, because I took this photo of one of their famous window displays this year.