Yes, I’m a Jersey girl, who loves me a Jersey Christmas. But it doesn’t hurt that my end of Jersey is only 15 minutes away from the Big Apple. Nobody does Christmas like New York City. The roasting chestnuts on every corner set the scene. As you inch ever closer to Rockefeller Center, passing the folks in line to see the Christmas Spectacular – not to mention the Rockettes – at Radio City Music Hall, the excitement builds. Then, finally, you see THE tree. It is never a let down. It is always spectacular. The lights will blind you and the ice skaters below – depending on their skill level – will either mesmerize you or have you laughing like a hyena. Either way, you will be entertained. And you will forget about any of the horrors on the news that day or any of the nuisances, including the people shoving you one way or another as they try to snap pics of their family and friends under the tree. It is another one of those traditions that has me happy to be a tri-state area resident and an American. A friend, who recently visited from Italy, said that if you don’t like Christmas, you should come to the United States because Americans make you love it. And we do, especially in this part of the country.
Last Friday, my family and I journeyed into the city to see the tree. It was in a word – magical. We only stayed for a few moments because we had three babies with us, all of whom were hard to keep warm and focused. We took pictures and posed in silly Santa and elf hats. Then, we passed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral. That only lasted a bit, too, thanks to my Baby Boy who thought he was supposed to be the one offering Mass. He picked up the volume just as the priest was getting started. Still, we caught a glimpse of the nativity scene in the cathedral. Now, we can say we saw the tree and Christmas can go on. After all, Christmas isn’t Christmas for me without a stop at Rockefeller Center.
If you’re interested in reading more about my Christmas spirit, you might enjoy these recent posts I’ve written for other sites:
Wrap It Up Nicely (learn about my plight as a daughter who must help her father buy Christmas gifts for her mom)
10 Tips for Surviving an Italian Christmas (this one is hilarious if I do say so myself)
Di Meglio is the author of Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012), which would make for a nice holiday gift for anyone interested in NJ.