Next week we will be jetting back to the island to enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends back home. However, before that happens we have been taking full advantage of Christmas in our new home. The holidays in the city have a little extra sparkle and a dash more whimsy than anything I have previously experienced. The lights begin being hung around mid November and by the time Thanksgiving comes around almost every street is adorned with silky red bows and fragrant evergreen wreaths. It is beautiful, and even the grinch-iest of grinch would have a hard time not warming to the Christmas spirit this city emits.
Currently I am in the midst of finals insanity in a way only grad school can muster. However, Jay and I have been taking study breaks to explore the festive undercurrents of New York City. Below I have chronicled some of our top holiday highlights. Warning this list is long and only scratches the surface of holiday offerings this city provides. There just may need to be a Christmas in the city 2.0 post to follow.
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We have enjoyed two Thanksgivings this year (it is okay to be jealous. It meant two scrumptious roast dinners for us). In October, my mom was in the city and I whipped up a pared down version of Canadian Thanksgiving in our pint sized apartment oven. Even with a little less grandeur than the Thanksgiving meals I have prepared in the past, it was so nice to have at least one of our loved ones with us.
For American Thanksgiving we had my step mom, Jenni, in town , as well as an abundance of amazing, new friends. We were so Thankful to have Jenni here to stay with us. We spent the week before thanksgiving with her exploring the city and taking in as many Christmas and Thanksgiving related activities we could. I have yet to find another city that does the holidays quite as spectacularly as New York. So, here is a look into our first American Thanksgiving and the incredible people who made it the wonderful time it was.
(My apologies in advance because the photos are terrible. I was too busy having fun to carefully capture many of the moments but hopefully these will suffice to give you a glimpse into our festivities.) Continue reading “Friendsgiving: Our First American Thanksgiving”