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Sunday
Dec232012

Enjoying the Holiday Season in New York

My first "real" northern hemisphere "Fraser Fir" Christmas tree.

It's true, New York does Christmas really well. I have always loved Christmas, but experiencing the holidays in the northern hemisphere has really brought it to life.

All the words in the carols finally make sense - I do feel like I am "walking in a winter wonderland" and I really was "dreaming of a white Christmas" with every Christmas card I wrote.

Even better, hardly anyone settles for an articifical tree, when the real pine trees look and smell amazing and there are street vendors selling them on the sidewalk.

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Sunday
Dec092012

My first: Thanksgiving

Some of the Americans I’ve spoken to recently are surprised to learn that this year was the first time I have ever celebrated Thanksgiving. In turn, I am a little surprised to learn that Americans think Australians celebrate an U.S. holiday commemorating a feast between colonists and Native Americans...but moving right along!

My first Thanksgiving in New York (2012) was an unusually warm and sunny fall day - perfect for viewing the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. We caught the end of it and it was a great teaser to encourage me to again next year. Pure magic.

Strolling through midtown I stopped at Bryant Park, one of my favourite places in Manhattan where I discovered The Holiday Shops. It was easy to spend a couple of hours exploring and watching the ice skaters at Citipond. The Holiday Shops are very stylish seasonal markets in gorgeous little glass houses filled to the brim with gift ideas. If you have time, stop by Sabon for a complimentary hand scrub using their divine products from the Dead Sea. And while you’re wandering, sip a decadent hot Italian Milk Chocolate from the bald man who knows his chocolate, Max Brenner. You’ll regret it if you don’t!

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