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‘Tis the crazy season! With two weeks to go until Christmas (and Hanukkah starts tomorrow!!) it seems like things are moving at lightening speed. The streets are packed, stores are bustling, tourists are wandering and lets not even talk about the post office. Yikes! I am reminding myself to stop and take a breath every so often- between making cookies, wrapping presents, writing cards and organizing a packing list, oh and working!

But, on Saturday night I did find some time to hang with a cherished friend and sneak away to see the lights and decorations in the City. It is one of my favorite things to do and I don’t always make it a priority. This year I am so glad that I did.

It just so happened that on Saturday we also had our first snow fall of the season. Every time it snows in NYC, I really feel like the city is transformed in to a magical whirling snow globe. The fresh snow makes everything seem beautiful and I swear it is a bit quieter somehow.

We started our adventure off at the GreyDog for dinner on 12th Street and then headed to Union Square to check out the Holiday Market. From there we walked up 7th Avenue past the Flatiron District to Macy’s. From Macy’s we walked up 6th Avenue to Bryant Park and then headed to 5th Avenue to check out the windows along 5th, including Sak’s Fifth Avenue and of course the tree at Rockefeller Center. Our tired and cold feet jumped into a taxi at 59th street and headed home.

Whether you are a tourist or have lived in NYC for all of your life, I highly recommend finding time to do a nighttime walk to see the sights at the holidays. Yes, the crowds can be a bit crazy but there is nothing wrong with fortifying yourself mid walk with a hot chocolate or something a bit stronger to keep your energy up. There are lots of restaurants and pubs along the way! Get out there and then hurry back and get cozy on the couch with your favorite holiday classic, might I suggest “Love Actually”? 😉

Hope you enjoy this year’s pics. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. May you find some time over the next couple of weeks to do something just for you. Love and hugs, S xo

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This time of year in New York City is truly magical. The whole city, normally such a subdued place to begin with 😉 comes alive in decorations- beautiful lights and colors, lavish store front windows and displays. The festivities and celebrations are endless. Breathtaking views become even more impossibly stunning and a warm glow seems to take over the city. It is pretty hard to be a grinch although you can still find a few of those too! Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the true kick off to the holiday fun, we decided to get tickets to go and see “The Holiday Train Show” at New York Botanical Garden.

I had been wanting to go and explore the Botanical Gardens for a long time and this was the perfect excuse. It is a quick and easy 20 minute Metro North train ride from Manhattan into the Bronx. The Gardens are located right across from the train station. I recommend buying your train show tickets in advance as they do sell out. I bought my tickets for the timed entry a week in advance. You are free to explore the vast beautiful areas at the rest of the Botanical Garden while you are waiting to go into the Train Show. It is crowded while you go through the train show (no strollers are permitted) but you will want to take your time anyway. Most of the kids were in awe of the trains winding their way throughout the exhibit but I was mesmerized by all of the New York City landmarks that were constructed out of natural materials and plant life. It is truly amazing. If you have a chance, go and see this beautiful exhibit. I loved the whole Botanical Garden, we decided to put our tickets toward an annual family membership and I can’t wait to go back and explore the grounds during the different seasons.

This is just one of the many spectacular things going on in the city to ignite the spirit of the season. Hope you enjoy the pics. Happy Wednesday and Happy December =) Keep calm and remember to spike the eggnog!!

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