Christmas Memories: NYC at Christmas
Day 6 of 25 Days of Christmas
Seeing as that I live in New York State, you’d think that I would have been to New York City dozens of times. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that I actually went for the 1st time. We live on the other side of the state and the 8 hour drive just kept us from going. Plus the cost of staying overnight didn’t help either. I had begged Michael year after year to take me to NYC at Christmastime because I badly wanted to see the city all decorated. The problem was that Michael didn’t want to drive and even though we had talked about taking the train, he just always said no. Until one day….
Michael mentioned to me that he wanted to go on a trip to Texas and that of course meant we would be flying instead of driving. However, I am terrified of flying and I always said that unless it was an emergency or the trip of a lifetime, he would never get me on a plane. After talking (and talking and talking some more), I told Michael that the only way he was getting me on a plane anytime soon was to take me to New York City at Christmas. I believe he was looking at flights within 30 seconds of me saying that. 🙂
Needless to say, I was scared out of my mind (and convinced that I was going to orphan my almost 2 year old) but I was finally going to NYC!. After looking at prices of flights and hotels we decided that it was just too much money and we couldn’t go. We came up with the idea of going for 1 single day. We would fly in early, spend the entire day doing Christmas related stuff and then fly home late at night. We felt that this would be our only option and we could always do the “normal stuff” any other time but this was our only chance to see what Christmas in the City was really like. We booked our flight.
The flight was well… scary and of course it was snowing. I had everyone laughing at my reactions to everything after they found out how terrified I was. I almost broke down in tears but I managed to hold it together. Obviously, I live to tell this story so nothing bad happened. 😉
We made sure to get around to see the store windows early on in the morning and before the city fully wakes up. They were simply amazing and I loved them all! Of course we spent most of our time at the Macy’s Store Window and couldn’t believe how awesome the store was! There were SO many floors and great stuff you couldn’t ever dream of finding back here at home. However, we had to carry everything we bought so we had to be very selective in our purchases.
These are just a couple of the scenes of Macy’s Windows and it told the story of “Yes, Virginia”. We bought the book while we were there to add to our collection of Christmas children’s books. The detail in the window designs were awesome and many of them had moving parts.
I don’t recall what store’s windows these were but they were impressive too. It was almost like every store was decorated and it made the entire city so festive!
The American Girl Store has always been a dream of mine to visit and when I was pregnant and found out I was having a boy, I said out loud at the doctor’s office “well there goes my chances of visiting the American Girl Store”. LOL (I got over it of course and couldn’t imagine myself with a girl now!) I spent a lot of time in that store just simply reminiscing about my childhood dreams of owning a real American Girl Doll.
We spent a lot of time walking around the city and stopped into the Empire State Building (we did plan a couple non-Christmas related things) and the line was way too long. We needed to be very cautious of our wait times because we were only there for 1 day. These were really awesome to see. Each one is of the Empire State Building but made with different materials. They were neat to look at and I am glad that we at least went into the lobby.
I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any snow on the ground when we went (but it was cold!) however Central Park still looked beautiful! We of course took a carriage ride around parts of it (and we walked through a lot of it too). It was great to rest our feet for a bit and relax while seeing bits of the city.
Most of our time spent in the city was during the day, so we didn’t get to see Rockefeller Center all lit up but we did get at least see the huge Christmas Tree! I wanted to go ice skating too but the wait was just too long, so we figured we would plan another trip to come back.
The only non-Christmas related thing we did (and I could have spent our entire day there) was visiting the Museum of Natural History. I LOVE dinosaurs and history and I wouldn’t wait to go and we saved this for the last part of our day. We spent a couple hours there before we needed to head back to the airport. I am going to leave this for another post because I want to focus on the Christmas stuff for now.
I will leave you with just a few photos of New York City. I can’t wait to go back and we are planning a trip hopefully within the next year or so (probably during the summer). We want to take Shawn with us this time because I know he will really enjoy all the sights of the city too.
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