It´s been quite a topic all over the social media for years – is “Christmas spirit” a cliche leading us toward ruinous expenses or is it the synonym of love, joy, traditions and happy moments with our loved ones. I guess, here in New York, the commercialization is bigger than anywhere – but is there still this “Christmas magic” around?
For me, definitely – YES. And to start with – I don´t particularly enjoy crowded places or big cities. So normally, I always try to travel in the off season. But at the same time – to see all the Christmas decorations and shows in NYC: it´s been on my travel bucket list forever.
If you´ve never been to the Big Apple and plan on visiting all of it´s sites – December is, probably, one of the worst months to do it. In between multiple tourists in search of “Home Alone 2” kind of Christmas, and locals – preparing for the holiday season: you won´t be able to do much, because of the lines. But at the same time, if you really enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, NYC is “the place to be”.
The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular was amazing
The Rockefeller Center
Christmas in NYC
I was not lucky enough to see the snow in Central Park, and yet New York during a holiday season is something worth experiencing. Everything is colorful and jolly. Stores have bright lights and sparkly decorations. Santas are strolling down the 5th Avenue, and some of them are even singing Christmas songs. The cold weather (even with no snow at all) gives you the feeling of “winter wonderland” and an excuse to have a cup of hot chocolate. This simply doesn´t work here, in Spain. Cause, seriously, what´s the point of sitting by a fireplace when it´s +22℃ outside ? [lol]
If you have been following my blog for a while – you already know that I´m also a big fan of European Christmas markets. Indeed, in these recent years I´ve seen so many (next week will put together a list of my favorites for a new blog post – stay tuned), that visiting one each year has become my personal December tradition. This year was a miss though. But I do not regret it for a second, cause New York ´s Christmas spirit is hard to beat. All the commercialization is still there, but I personally even don´t think about it when it´s so beautiful outside.
The Rockefeller Center
Christmas carols and lights remind me of all the happy moments I´m having with my loved ones every year: decorating the tree, baking gingerbread cookies, family gatherings with a lot of food (important attribute [lol]), opening presents, watching movies, smiling & laughing a lot. For me Christmas is a great excuse to do the things I love, but never have enough time for: buy things, I´ d never buy normally, and eating stuff – I´d never have had otherwise. And yes, dear “Christmas industry” – you can take an advantage of me as much as you wish, as long as I´m the one enjoying every moment of this holiday to the fullest.
Lotte New York Palace Hotel
Happy Holiday Season, everyone! Hope these New York moments will give you some inspiration for the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations! Tell me what do you think of all this “commercialization issue” and what does this holiday mean to you?