Christmas Has Begun

Christmas Windows at Macy's Herald Square | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas is just four short days away and I still feel unprepared and shocked that it’ll be here so quickly. I blame the ridiculously warm weather we’ve been experiencing here in the New York…it just hasn’t felt like Christmas time this year. But we’ve soldiered on and attempted to get into the spirit. Our Christmas has begun!

Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach | WrittenByJennifer

To kickoff the season we drove over to Jones Beach to take a drive through their lights display. We were in the car so it was difficult to snag perfect photos with the car moving and the low light but the displays were nice and interactive. We didn’t stop in the Christmas village they had set up…maybe next year.

When we found out we were moving to Long Island, we promised ourselves that we would take advantage of being so close to New York City. It’s a quick trip on the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station and BAM! the city is at our beck and call. Christmas in New York City is an essential must-do for basically everyone at least once. I’ve done it a few times over the years but I really wanted to experience it with the kids so we made plans with our friends Paul and Natalie to meet us last Saturday afternoon and we’d hit the major attractions.

Christmas Windows at Macy's Herald Square | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas Windows at Macy's Herald Square | WrittenByJennifer

We spent some time in and around Macy’s at Herald Square. We didn’t see Santaland in the store because the wait was 3 hours!!! But we did take in a few of the floors and their Christmas decorations. The windows are famous for having unique scenes every year. This year’s theme was Charlie Brown in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Christmas Special and the new movie. The windows aren’t simply displays though…they move, there’s music to help tell the story…they’re simply fantastic. I also appreciated the “Yes, Virginia” windows especially since my kids were with us. (If you don’t know the story behind “Yes, Virginia” please check it out.)

Bryant Park Carousel | WrittenByJennifer

Bryant Park Ice Skating | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center | WrittenByJennifer

Sophia and our friend Paul rode the carousel at Bryant Park and we watched the ice skaters on the ice in the park as well. And of course we saw the tree at Rockefeller Center. When I pointed out to Sophia the tree in a shot on the Today show, I told her we were going to see it and she wanted to know if Matt and Savannah were going to be there, too. I had to break the news to her that they’re off on the weekends but we did walk her past studio 1A so she could see where they work.

Christmas Has Begun | WrittenByJennifer

Ask the kids what their favorite part of New York City was and they’ll tell you it was the train. *sigh*

Moving away from our home town and all of our family, we knew we would have to change the way we celebrated the holidays. This past weekend we traveled back to South Jersey to celebrate Christmas with all of our family. We surprised Tim’s dad with his Christmas present in the form of his mom all the way from Colorado. We were able to get all of Tim’s family, plus my mom, together for a low key party on Friday night. Saturday afternoon we headed over to my grandparents’ home for their annual Christmas party that has been going on for at least thirty years. There are so many of us that we now have to decorate the basement and party down there to accommodate everyone. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Christmas Has Begun | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas Has Begun | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas Has Begun | WrittenByJennifer

Christmas Has Begun | WrittenByJennifer

This is the earliest picture I have of Christmas at my grandparent’s house. It’s circa 1986…I’m 3 and my sister, being held by my Pop-Pop, is about 6 weeks old. Can you find me?

How have you been celebrating the holiday season?

4 Comment

  1. Ali A says: Reply

    I laughed at your kids comment about loving the train the most — I went into the city with my parents yesterday (looks like we had similar days!) and my mom told me when we did this as kids, they’d ask my brother and I what we liked the most and we’d pick the most mundane things like, “the soft pretzel we had on the street!” Haha….woops. NYC is so beautiful during this time of year — despite the crowds and chaos, obviously 🙂

    1. Jennifer says: Reply

      Sophia really likes to ride the subway because she gets to stand up. Next year we’re just going to ride the 1 for a few hours. Haha!

      I absolutely love NYC during the holidays and it’s the one time of year that the crowds don’t really bother me. I’m like “let’s celebrate together!”

  2. Elissa says: Reply

    Christmas in New York always seems so magical! Definately on the bucket list!

    1. Jennifer says: Reply

      It’s something you should do at least once. And the secret they don’t tell you is many of the Christmas attractions are still up after Christmas so there are less crowds to contend with.

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