A Favorite Christmas Movie of Mine – “Serendipity”
Around holiday time, people eagerly follow traditions of watching some of their favorite holiday movies. To each person, there is a special favorite that calls to them and brings back memories of days gone by or just brings a smile of nostalgia. Some well known ones that many speak of are: “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “A Christmas Story”,”Santa Clause”,”Elf” and many more popular titles that are shown many times in reruns prior to Christmas Day. One of my favorites is a little known movie called “Serendipity”. Somehow, that word has always been my favorite. In its very simplified form it means “a fortunate accident”. Perhaps you need to see the movie to better understand exactly what the word means and that goes beyond the simplified meaning that I provided. They demonstrate the meaning of the word over the length of about 90 minutes rather than describe it in dictionary terms. I love everything about the movie and I do mean that I hang on every word and every event that occurs in the movie with fascination.
John Cusack is always wonderful. He gets better and better with age like fine wine. Not only has he aged gracefully since his 80s period of comedy movies, but he has moved onto doing diverse roles in movies today. In “Serendipity” he delivers humor effortlessly and remains incredibly sexy in a charming, boyish way. Kate Beckinsale is probably every man’s dream woman with her sultry, stunning looks and feminine ways and a beguiling, British accent that will draw men in to listen to her talk over and over. What makes it a very holiday movie for me is that the movie has been filmed in NY city during the Christmas season and spans not just one season but several years in a circular fashion. I will not give away anymore. This movie cleverly shows how certain fortuitous events lead us to our fate and destiny. To those who do not believe in the concepts of fate, destiny and the ideology that we are led to follow a certain chosen path, those skeptics will definitely see problems with this movie. However, those who are romantic enough to believe that we are part of an intricate plan woven throughout our lives like a tapestry that can only be seen at a certain point in time, this movie will make perfect sense and hold you mesmerized at every twist and turn. Continue reading Serendipity – A Little Known Christmas Movie
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.