Christmas in New York
New York is absolutely electric with energy during the holiday season. Our Christmas in New York is rich in tradition but seems a bit different each year. The traditional lights on every skyscraper, every tree, and every home, light the city like no other time of the year.
The day after Thanksgiving (Friday) marks the first day of the Christmas Season with the best shopping of the year. The streets are so crowded, it is known as Black Friday.
Rockefeller Plaza hosts the largest tree in the city (usually 70 ft. or more) and is lit at this time. The Macy’s Department Store Parade is the largest Thanksgiving parade and it shows Santa coming into the city preparing for Christmas. There are several cathedrals that host choirs from all over the world for everyone to enjoy.
The world famous “Rockettes” perform at the Radio City Music Hall during the Christmas Performances. Snow is very common and hoped for as Christmas draws closer. In some homes, the 12 days of Christmas are celebrated with gifts of candy or small gifts each night before bed. Parties at homes and offices are traditional with egg nog, Christmas cookies decorated with green and red crystallized sugar, puddings, cakes, fudge…lots of food, as always. Television traditions like “Miracle on 34th Street,” the animated classics, and other holiday movies are on almost every night.
Christmas Eve is usually a time of personal family tradition, whether it is spent at religious ceremonies, with family, or quietly observing the frantic last minute shoppers at the malls. Finally, the stockings are hung and the children are put to bed with a final reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Christmas morning is a mad rush to see who can get up first, make some coffee and enjoy the next few hours of opening gifts, receiving calls from family and friends, and eating warm pancakes with maple syrup. The rest of the day is spent enjoying family, the gifts received, and the blessings of the holiday season.
New York is such a great place to be for the holidays!