Christmas in New York

Every year we make the pilgrimage (all 1 hour and a half of it!) to the city to see all of the wonderful Christmas sights. Really, There is No Place Like Home, or New York City (my birthplace and home of my youth) during the holidays. New York is special and wonderful any time of year, but come December when the weather cools and the magnificent lights and sounds and smells permeate the chilly air something magical happens! It's as though there is fairy dust in Manhattan. How I love New York! How I love new York in December!

The excitement starts as we drive over the Triboro Bridge and see the magnificent and majestic skyscrapers proudly wearing their robes of lights in the distance. The hustle and bustle renews my energy... gets my blood circulating. I've said it before and I will say it again and again and again. You can take the girl out of the city, but you cannot take the city out of the girl!

My kids are not used to the madness of Manhattan. It's too busy and too fast paced and too big and too scary. But I love it! I love it! I love it! I like this fear as they keep tight grips on our hands!

My husband has the week off and we decided that today would be a great day to venture in. Public schools are still in session and most of the working world is at work. We won't have too much traffic to battle with as we head over to the West Side and the theater at Madison Square Garden.

At first we were going to go in for a couple of hours to see the tree which hails from our home town this year! The tree which was on its last leg and due to be cut down anyhow. We must see the tree that hails, practically from our back yard!

But yesterday as the television was on I saw an ad for Wintuk, the Cirque de Soleil winter performance about a little boy and his quest for snow. The ad mentioned that with two paying adults kids could go free! So I mentioned this to the hubs and we decided to see if getting tickets was feasible. Next thing I know I am confirming 5 tickets to see the 2:30 matinee performance at the WaMu theater at the Garden! (For those of you who live in the metro NY area click on the link if you are interested. This is a great deal to be had! Tickets are still available and the show runs through the 3rd of January!)

After the show we will head over to Broadway as the children want to head over to the Toys R Us Flagship store which blows any other Toys R Us, any other toy store for that matter (including FAO) out of the water. Alexander wants to ride the ferris wheel inside the store that is made up of oversized Little Tykes ride on toys!

From there we will walk over (or cab it, depending on taxi availability and weather and exhaustion) over to Fifth Avenue. We'll see the tree at Rockefeller Center as well as the magnificent Light Show at Saks Fifth Avenue. (Click on the link to sample the wonderful display of lights and sounds to Carol of the Bells which is even more magnificent in person!) Then we'll cross the street and check out Sak's Magnificent windows all dressed up for the holidays. I'll be sure to take pictures!

Perhaps we'll stroll past my favorite wintertime building, the Cartier Building all dressed up in her red bow!

We leave in a few hours and I can hardly wait! I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!