If you’ve read this blog more than a hot second, you know that I have basically as much Christmas spirit as Buddy the Elf, my spirit animal. This is my favorite time of year, and I hate how quickly it passes. It can also be a trying time to remind you of what you don’t have in your life when everyone else seems to be so happy and celebratory.
Lately I’ve felt that I’ve spent a lot of time desperately seeking the highs to avoid the lows and missing out on the in between in the process, but today my friend Karen knew just what my soul needed.
I woke up and went for a run passing Bryant Park and the tree and market and then coming back to get ready to meet Karen for breakfast at EJ’s. She’d proposed breakfast there and then going to her place to write out our Christmas cards together. I got my cards from this great Etsy shop last year and never got around to sending them. Karen and I had a lovely afternoon writing out our cards and listening to Christmas music…
Before I headed up to the Park Ave Christmas Tree Lighting. In its 70th year, the tradition began as a way to honor those who’d lost their lives in World War II. 104 trees are lit between 54th and 97th Streets and people gather to sing carols in front of the Brick Presbyterian Church.
I think my heart swelled to a million times its size and if Buddy and Santa and their Clausometer had been there, the sleigh definitely would have had enough power to fly.
I had to leave early, and the crowd burst into Jingle Bells as I was walking back to the subway, just grinning ear-to-ear. I love you, NY.
How do you get in the spirit for the holidays?