I have to admit, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to how much I love Christmas, but I can’t think of anything better than watching the city come to life with holiday festivities! I get a rush every time I walk outside and see all of the pretty lights, wreaths, and Christmas tree sites and can’t wait to go home to Ohio for the joyous occasion! Although I have not made a trip to Rockefeller yet to see the iconic tree this year, my tree and knickknacks are proudly displayed in my apartment (my mom shipped me my tree and ornaments which turned out to be surprisingly cheap!) and I spent a fun filled weekend filled with all sorts of holiday activities.
First stop, The Nutcracker!! Growing up every year I would look forward to getting dressed up (ok, maybe I didn’t love putting on a dress but still), getting an afternoon off of school and going downtown with my classmates to see the infamous Nutcracker battle the mice under an enormous Christmas tree! As I have grown many years since then, I now get to enjoy this festive activity in a whole new way!
The day starts with brunch as I am kindly handed a pomegranate margarita upon my arrival (good morning tequila, it was noon somewhere right?) and enjoy a nontraditional Mexican Christmas feast with my coworkers Bethany and Laura (better known as Ankit’s angels – we also make a guest appearance within the production later that afternoon). After our bellies are full, we head across the street to Lincoln Center for the performance where I am able to make this old-man-with-a-green-scarf’s (aka Mother Ginger) afternoon by giving him two extra tickets to the show. This might have been my highlight as I felt my heart grow 3 sizes that day (Grinch reference anyone?). Then, the NYCB performed an amazing rendition of The Nutcracker, 30 ft tree and all!! After the show we twirled and pliéd our way down the street like sugarplum fairies to the Columbus Circle Holiday Market to shop for gifts. After making some great one of a kind purchases, we make our way to the Time Warner Center just in time for the snowflake music display! (below)
I wish I could celebrate Christmas like this everyday!!