It’s been a few years since I’ve spent the Christmas holidays in New York City and damn, I miss it!
I miss the beauty of New York City during the holidays. New York is always iconic, but even more so during the holidays. The lights, the decorations, and when fresh snow has just fallen, why, it’s enough to get any Scrooge into the spirit of the holidays. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, despite being crowded beyond belief, is spectacular and the sight is enough to take my breath away.
I miss the Fifth Avenue Christmas displays. I always loved grabbing a cup of hot chocolate with my friends and checking out the Christmas windows of department stores: Lord & Taylor, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, and the best of all window dressings, Bloomingdale’s. Although the displays may not always have the traditional Christmas and holiday decorations, they never fail to impress.
I miss ice-skating with my friends in Bryant Park. Sure, Rockefeller Center has the famous ice-skating rink everyone knows about, but it’s pretty small and super crowded. The Bryant Park ice-skating rink can be just as crowded, this being New York City after all, but it’s a bigger space and it’s free. It’s become tradition that at some point during the winter months, my friends and I will hit the ice for at least a few loops around the rink before we realize how cold it is and run for the warmth of the
I miss holiday parties. Oddly-themed holiday parties, like our Sunglasses Christmas party of 2007. A friend of mine who works at an accessories company had a stockpile of sample sunglasses that he brought and sure enough, everyone was wearing sunglasses throughout the entire party. Odd? Yes. A completely fun night? HELL YES!
But what I miss the most about Christmas in New York is throwing a holiday party for my friends. I have always had a monthly Second Sunday dinner with my friends, but for December, I would put together a holiday edition of Second Sunday that, if I may say so myself, was pretty spectacular. I would decorate my apartment and we would have a fiercely competitive cookie decorating contest, a wildly creative Most Festively Dressed contest, a very dramatic White Elephant gift exchange, and of course, a home-cooked feast of epic proportions by yours truly. It was also during these dinners that I would debut my newest baking creations, such as my red velvet cake balls and chocolate icebox cake in 2008. I miss putting together a holiday meal, too.
Christmas is about spending time with family and loved ones, and it’s extremely difficult to be away from the people and the city that I love during this time of the year. I guess I’m just feeling a bit homesick. Don’t get me wrong; traveling is great and I love my nomadic life, but I also love and miss my crazy New York City life and friends. I miss it so much, in fact, I think I’m going to make a promise to myself (and you) that I will never miss another Christmas in New York. There, I said it and you can hold me to it.
No matter where in the world you may be this season, I wish you all a very happy holiday!