“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Christmas Tripping

Christmas in New York City is one of my favorite things.

For the last 19 years, my best friend Jeanie and I have met in NYC the Thursday after Christmas for a long weekend of eating, shopping, people watching, and Broadway shows, always walking most everywhere, usually from 7 to 10 miles a day, and relying on public transportation for the rest.

 

 

New York at this time of year is always magical—amazingly creative store windows decorated for the holidays, people rushing around with packages, all dressed for the cold weather, Salvation Army bell ringers dancing as they ring to music that’s live or from a boom box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve lived in Florida most of my adult life, but I’m originally from Maryland. This trip lets me feel the cold weather again like when I was a kid and that gets me into the Christmas spirit.  For many years, it was the only time Jeanie and I saw each other. Now, even though we travel together two or three times a year, it remains our favorite trip together.

 

 

We have our special traditions. Some things–our first meal of pizza at Two Brothers near our hotel, the tree at Rockefeller Center, shopping for personalized ornaments at the Bryant Park holiday fair, a cup of hot cider and gingerbread cookie at the farmers’ market at Union Square, shoe shopping at DSW—are annual must-dos.

 

 

 

 

 

Other things, like this year’s Gospel Brunch at B.B. King’s and the visit to Coney Island, including a hot dog at the original Nathan’s, are probably one-time visits, but experiences we won’t forget. No matter what we do though, this trip begins the magic of the Christmas season every year for me.

 

And I LOVE Christmas!