De kerstmarkten staan voor de deur. Brussel staat op kop. In Koekelberg heb ik daar niet zo’n last van, maar mijn vrienden in centrum Brussel zullen het weer hard te verduren hebben. Nico verhuisde gelukkig naar Molenbeek.  Reinhilde zit er midden in. Greet vindt geen parkeerplaats meer. Zouden Maarten en Anneke binnen de Jingle Bells-actieradius vallen ?

Kerst. You love it, or you hate it. Or you neither love it or hate it. Ik weet niet tot welke categorie ik me moet rekenen. Filip zal straks were drie bomen optuigen. Of twee, als ze beneden het parket zouden komen installeren, dan is dat minus één.

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Ik kijk uit naar de volgende weken. Maar ik zoek authenticiteit. Eén van de beste albums die ik de afgelopen jaren kocht, is deze van Sting. Authenticiteit ten top. En van een gezellige winterse warmte. Geniet er van.

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry
Any good thing to make us all merry

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
One for Peter, two for Paul
And three for Him that made us all

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry
Any good thing to make us all merry

God bless the master of this house
And the mistress also
And all the little children
That round your table grow

The cattle in your stable
The dogs at your front door
And all that dwell within your gates
We’ll wish you ten times more

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry
Any good thing to make us all merry

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
One for Peter, two for Paul
And three for Him that made us all

Go down into the cellar
And see what you can find
If the barrels are not empty
We’ll hope that you’ll be kind

We’ll hope that you’ll be kind
With your apple and your pear
And we’ll come no more a-soulin’
Till Christmas time next year

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry
Any good thing to make us all merry

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
One for Peter, two for Paul
And three for Him that made us all

The streets are very dirty
Me shoes are very thin
I have a little pocket
To put a penny in

If you haven’t got a penny
A ha’penny will do
If you haven’t got a ha’penny
Then God bless you

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry
Any good thing to make us all merry

A soul cake, a soul cake
Please, good missus, a soul cake
One for Peter, two for Paul
And three for Him that made us all
For Him that made us all
For Him that made us all