Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Xmas in New York

There has not been one single day since I left NYC in 2001 where I have ever yearned to return. They just had a blizzard a few days ago while temps are in the 60's here in Florida. I love Florida. But I do have a slight problem. It's difficult to get in the spirit of Christmas down here. It looks tacky seeing the streets lined with decorations of snowflakes and Christmas trees when it's typically in the 70's and people are in shorts.

Although I no longer live in NYC, I will always be a New Yorker. And this is that one time of year when it's good to be there (except for the cold and snow). People are friendlier this time of year. They're smiling and not so concerned to be in a hurry. It's always exciting to look at the storefront Christmas displays along 5th Avenue. It makes you feel like a child again, no matter how ambitious you are. Everyone slowly takes in the displays saying "oooh," and "aaah."

Rockefeller Center is at its most beautiful. The Xmas tree stretches deep into the night, illuminating the ice rink below. Funny--when Sera first moved to NY she thought the tree grew there naturally! Trumpeting snow angels line the pedestrian plaza from the tree to St. Patrick's Cathedral. I loved strolling down the avenues just beaming at all the decorations. I can't picture a city that's decorated any more festive than New York at Xmas. Miles and miles of lights, wreaths, and all the trimmings.

Meanwhile here in Orlando the only reminder I have that it's Xmas are the television commercials. I'd like to do something Christmasy here this year. My options are drastically limited--there's no snow or ice. Maybe I'll shoot over to Disney or Universal and see what they have going on. But, boy, I'd love to be in NYC right now.


Blogger tim said...

I completely agree with you that there is nothing like Xmas in NY.
Maybe it's because we grew up there so Xmas there is the only thing that feels "authentic".
But, whatever the reason, I only feel like it is Christmas in NYC.
I had last Xmas in LA and needless to say that was just bizarro. Me and my buddy began drinking at noon while we made Xmas dinner for 6 other people. We would take breaks and go out in my backyard and suntan. It was easily in the high 70s.
And this Christmas I am in Paris. And Paris has the cold, the decorations everywhere, the people walking and shopping, the smell of chestnuts. And I have family and friends to spend the time with but it does not feel like Xmas at all.

So I guess for the two of us (and other new yorkers I know) it's NYC or bust.
Hopefully next year you will be able to ring in Christmas in NY.
I am planning on being in Rome for next Christmas but there is always Xmas 2007...

5:52 PM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

As someone who spent most of my life celebrating Christmas in Florida, I'll offer you a few tips on how to strangle every last drop of Noel from Xmas in Florida:

Remember, it gets dark at 5 p.m. whether you're in NY or FL. Dim the lights and turn on your Christmas tree.

Scents can be key: burn pine or spice scented candles after dinner.

Put up Xmas lights around your window. Maybe your neighbors will do the same - and that's just Christmasy, there's no denying it.

Merry Christmas!

10:50 PM  

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