The past week my life has been a whirlwind of activity – not only was it Thanksgiving and I was hosting 10 for dinner, but my daughter came home from Africa where she has been the past two years – Oh! and I think I mentioned that she was bringing her African dog, Kindii home with her to stay with Mom and Dad until she finishes her service in Africa.
This is what my daughter could not wait to do as soon as she got home – snuggle on the sofa and just chill.
The flurry of activity that followed her arrival home was crazy. We started to decorate for Christmas and went to the tree farm to get a tree. Kindii went with us. Since she has only known the sub Saharan climate –she sported her new sweater to stay warm.
Went to a tree lighting in the neighboring town of Skippack, PA that evening.
On Saturday we got up early to spend the day in NYC. My daughters surprised my hubby and I for our wedding anniversary. A full day of fun with them along with going to the Christmas Show at Radio City and then dinner. It is something they fondly remember doing when they were growing up and wanted to keep the tradition alive.
We arrived early, parked at the Port Authority and walked down to 34th street.
Can’t spend a day in NYC without getting a hot pretzel – and it was only 10AM.
We went to Macys. It was 2 days after the parade and Herald Square was back to normal. Did I ever tell you that I was in the parade one year while I was in college. I was dressed as a boxer and was with the float with Wally Amos… AKA the Famous Amos cookie guy. He gave out cookies the entire parade route. It was a fun experience.
It was festive in Macy’s – even in the vestibule.
My youngest is a shopper and loved – all of it!
I liked the pops of delicious color on these Pantone tins and mugs.
Macy’s on a Saturday afternoon is always busy. With my display background – I go to check out the displays and can only imagine how long it took the display staff to not only make all these arches, but to install them, too.
Out on the street – Macy’s windows are done in a fantasy theme.
I did like these little windows with jewelry showcased with red light bulbs.
Then off we went to stroll up 5th Avenue. It was a beautiful day – very warm for the end of November.
We passed by Lord and Taylor. I love their windows the best.
Old-fashioned and childlike.
They were all very sweet and colorful.
My daughters wanted to go see the light bulbs they remembered always seeing as children when we visited the city, so we headed over to 6th Avenue to see them. They used to be old fashioned light bulbs like in the window in the precious photo. Now they are LED – gotta keep up with the times.
I am going to use this photo for my Christmas card this year. Last year, my oldest was in Africa and I just sent out a card without a photo.
The big red ornaments are still as they remembered.
Headed over to Rockefeller Center. Silly sisters. When they were little they entered a Gingerbread House making contest and created the area around the skating rink. My sister helped them and they won a prize for the most original entry. They included the tree, Prometheus, the rink , along with all the details.
I thought these were very festive. They lined the entire walk from 5th Avenue down to the skating rink and tree. My mind was taking them apart trying to figure out how I could make them myself.
They were setting up for the tree lighting that will be on NBC tonight – Wed Nov. 30th.
The trees on the streets looked so pretty lit with white lights even in the daytime.
We got cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery.
Ate them immediately so I didn’t get a photo of them – they were very pretty and DELISH!
We had tickets for the 4:00 show at Radio City. I remember going to Radio City as a child with my Brooklyn cousins. We would go to see a show and a movie there. We always wanted to sit in the balconies and run up and down all the staircases. My college graduation also took place here – so it holds many happy memories.
It is a pretty impressive place. Lots of crystals – everywhere.
They even serve lighted rum drinks that you can enjoy while watching the show.
Seeing the Rockettes always makes me smile.
After the show we went to dinner at a French bistro called Pigalle on the west side. Good food and not too pricey. The trees look magical at night.
Passed Times Square on our way back down to the Port Authority to get the car and drive home. It was a very enjoyable day.
Now the house is quiet again. My youngest went back to school and my oldest is traveling to go on some med school interviews. I hope to get the house decorated inside and out in the next few days since things have settled down.
I plan on keeping things simple, yet festive. All the boxes are down from the attic and I swear this is the year that I am going to edit all of it and take what I don’t use to the thrift store. I hope I succeed.