They did it — get your minds out of the gutter, they didn’t do that — well they better not have. Anyway, they came to New York for the holidays. That’s right holiday”s”. They spent an amazing 10 days with Rich and me in our shoebox (spacious NY apartment). They flew in on December 24th and flew out on January 2nd. We had an amazing time. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we ate and ate and ate and ate.
24th Christmas Eve
After a long grueling flight you bet they were tired and hungry. So, on Christmas Eve Rich and I made them an amazing Salmon dinner, with an incredible relish glaze topping. Seriously, it was delicious. I will post the recipe. We had some white wine and toasted to a fun week to come. Of course it was not the same with out Hector and Jasmine but we made do. My parents then gave Rich and me our gifts. We are lucky to be the proud owners of a sweater that is to small and a sweater that is way way way to big. It was actually a gag gift. The small sweater is one of Rich’s that I had shrunk and left at my parents’ house for whomever wanted it. And the big sweater is one I gave my mom for Christmas when I was probably ten.
We decided to then walk off our dinner and head to 34th street. On our way, we stopped at a little church and took a look inside at their Christmas decorations. So beautiful. Okay, off to Harold Square — of course on Christmas Eve it was crowded. But, that’s what makes it so amazing, everyone in Harold Square is filled with Christmas spirit. After we were frozen we decided to head home where we slipped into our PJs and watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We got a glimpse of the wild life that night: my mom’s animal print cheetah pajamas., so much more exotic then pigs flying.
25th Christmas Day!!!!!
After we woke bight-eyed and bushy-cheetah-tailed we had the signature strata. We then got all dolled up. I made my mom wear her dress and heels, and we all hopped in a cab to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was such an experience to be there for Christmas service. It was completely filled, but we managed to get a seat. After church and brunch we headed to Radio City Music Hall to see my good friend Natalie Reid perform with the Radio City Rockettes. The show was incredible, I cried at least three times. We highly recommend this show as a yearly tradition. Not only is it amazing it is filled with such a positive festive message. We then retreated home to relax and enjoy the Christmas night in the big apple.
December 26th-December 31st
The week after Christmas, we spent much of out time walking around the streets visiting Time Square, Bryant Park, The Met, Central Park, Harold Square, an improv comedy show at CBT, the statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 911 memorial and everything in between. We took my parents to one of our favorite restaurants, Minetta Tavern. Thanks to our good friend John Boy for getting us in there, we ate our faces off.
Our time with them was truly amazing. We ended the trip on a great note on New Year’s Eve when we were able to get comedy tickets to Gotham Comedy Club. There was a fantastic line up. We then walked from 23rd to 72nd taking in Time Square and Madison Square Garden. We ended our night in Central park on a bench watching and enjoying the fireworks light up the sky. I am so blessed I was able to ring in the new year with my fiancée and my parents on a warm New York night in central park I am also thankful for my parents and their willingness to travel afar for the holidays and experience something new and different. Although nothing compares to being surrounded by everyone we love, it is nice to add something to your bucket and be happy you will not have to wonder anymore what it would have been like to have “Christmas in New York”.