But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:10-14
This post is a little late, since Christmas is almost here, but I had to share anyway! My family and I spent a week in New York City for Thanksgiving, and we had the very best time there together!! Bridgette and Rob, my sister & brother in law, live there, my parents and I flew into town to spend Thanksgiving week together. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen my sister so excited, which was really cute – and I know we were all very much looking forward to the trip!
Some of the trip highlights were:
Bridgette & Rob hosting an amazing Thanksgiving in their home (we even used their wedding china!)
Grand Central + dinner at UrbanSpace
tons and tons of walking around the city – with the most gorgeous weather almost the entire week!
macarons at Laduree on the UES
exploring the holiday shops + ice skating rink at Bryant Park
so many delicious home-cooked meals, accompanied by plenty of wine
seeing all of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons inflated the night before the parade
beautiful sunsets over the city from their apartment
manicures + wine date with Mom and Bridgette for Mom’s birthday
strolls through Central Park
Christmas decorations everywhere!
NYC bagels with cream cheese
having so much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving (and every day!)
spending part of Thanksgiving afternoon with some friends of Bridgette & Rob’s (one of which I met at the Making Things Happen conference, which made it even more fun!!)
such a fun day exploring the Upper West Side: the Museum of Natural History, an amazing Shake Shack lunch, re-living the moving You’ve Got Mail, checking out beautiful Riverside Park, the most perfect weather, seeing Cafe Lalo
Christmas trees everywhere!
German beer + food at the Standard Biergarten
strolling the High Line
popping into shops at the Chelsea Market
seeing NYU, where Bridgette is in grad school
church with the family
strolling along 5th Avenue to take in all of the Christmas decorations and amazing window displays of the major shops
popping into the Plaza to see the painting of Eloise and the Plaza Christmas tree (my all time favorite!)
such a fun (and supremely delicious!) birthday dinner on the Upper East Side for my mom!
It was a truly wonderful week in NYC with my family, and we were so grateful to spend all of that time together. We had SUCH a good time!!! There’s really nothing like New York during the holidays, and it’s such a magical, beautiful, and fun place to be!
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, no doubt about it. I am definitely one of those people who can’t get enough of any and everything Christmas! No shame. As I have mentioned multiple times (like here), I adore making seasonal to-do lists filled to the brim with adventures and activities I’ve spent the last six Christmases in DC, and had created so many special traditions there – and now it’s time to celebrate the season in the Triangle!
volunteer several times throughout the month (I need to research ideas since I’m new to town!)
host my annual Christmas movie + Christmas cookie party
enjoy a quiet night at home with the Christmas tree lit + egg nog
mail Christmas cards
decorate gingerbread houses at the Carolina Inn at the Southern Weddings event
explore the Christmas festivities in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill