Christmas Traditions in NY
As we find an anticlimactic end to the Christmas holidays, our family decided we’d postpone the end of a great celebration called “Christmas”. We went to see the holiday decor and lights AFTER Christmas on a sunny 50 degree warm Saturday, right after Christmas. The cheer and holiday feeling was no less special post holiday versus pre-holiday. Entering NY City is always nostalgic since I grew up there as a child of six and remember my childhood filled with street noises,yellow cabbies, vendors selling hot dogs and pretzels and chestnuts roasting (like Bing Crosby’s famous lyrics in “White Christmas”). The mix of heady NY smells is as distinctive, potent and familiar as the smell of Christmas pine trees and hot apple cider. When you step into NY you know you are there. You inhale and absorb NY into your body as if you were inhaling incense at a temple. The city has a throbbing, pulsating life like no other and you cannot fail to get caught up in the spirit. As we pass by the massive crowds that almost move us along like waves across Macy’s and Sak’s, we can barely manage to see the windows that are visual delights to our senses. We notice the throngs lined up to see the gargantuan tree lit up in Rockefeller Center. Amidst the folks, a lucky few are skating gracefully to holiday music and lights underneath the tree at Rockefeller Center. The throng moves by at a slow pace willed by other pedestrians. Our body and feet have no power to chart their course; they are set to move at the discretion of others in the packed streets of 5th Ave. We end up finally at about 58th Street and 5th Ave at Bergdorf Goodman where we can finally breathe. The crowds are less here, but the windows are phenomenal. These are my favorite windows of all time and each year they never fail to impress in their artistic flavor. The window dressings are as delicious as decadent desserts and are a feast for the eyes at Bergdorf Goodman’s.
Other New York traditions are the Rockettes’ Holiday spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. They have been around since I have been a little child who came from India. They have been kicking up their shapely legs for as long as I can remember and are as part of the NY landscape as the Empire State Building. Along with this, lies the festive locale of Bryant Park. There are beautiful little outdoor stalls in the periphery of the park, a lively ice skating rink and a huge tree that sits prominently next to a glass circular restaurant. This park transforms around Christmas time to an European style Christmas village with unique little shops. The Nutcracker Ballet is always a popular show and Broadway is always available all year round for those wanting to see innovative and exciting theater productions.
There is nothing more magical than being in the midst of a New York enchanted evening around the holiday time to make your eyes glow with the spirit of youth and your cheeks turn pink with happiness.