So, Christmas is around the corner... so I am feeling in a more "Navidad" spirit. I'm not sure if I'm mentioned this before, but I remember when I first got hooked on salsa - I mean, the music. I was working at a retail store where the manager (one of the very best managers I've known) use to love salsa - I mean, he was the first real salsa addict I met. And when working during Christmas ("Navidad" for those Spanish speakers), instead of playing the regular "American Christmas Carol" music, he used to play Plenas, Bombas and Salsas. I guess its one of my favorite memories because being in the store gave it a more Puerto Rican feel to it than any of the other stores in the mall (and this was Babbage's, and electronics/videogame store - now called Gamestop). I actually think that because we played this type of music, more people were willing to come in to our store (or attracted more people) compared to our competitor at the time that was in the other side of the mall. Anyway, he used to play the Hector Lavoe "Navidad" CD (thats what I call it). Lots of good stuff on it - so here is a nice video of Hector Lavoe singing "Aires de Navidad" which means "The Smell of Christmas"