I must say I am glad the holidays are. Not that I didn’t have a good time but the quite routine of January is smoothing to my soul.
One of the highlights of the holiday season was a trip to New York City. My daughter made arrangements for herself, my granddaughter and myself to take a day trip to New York City. We were to ride a bus and have a day of sightseeing, shopping and see the Radio City Rockettes Holiday show. We boarded a bus at ‘0 dark 30’, which is a military term of – before the sun comes up, rode 4 hours to New York. We had 3 hours before the show to head for our first destination – The American Girl Store.
It’s an impressive store. 3 floors of dolls and related stuff to spend your money on. I bought my younger daughter an AG doll some 20 years ago from their catalog. She loved it lot and I enjoyed making clothes for it. A lot of clothes. The company has expanded the original 4 historical dolls to a dozen or more historical and a design your own doll with color choices. We thought the store was busy but an employee stated that this was moderate and busy meant you couldn’t move. This statement made us think of Disneyland in July.
We walked back to the Rockefeller Plaza and enjoy the store window displays along then way. We entered the Radio City lobby and were amazed by the giant crystal chandelier Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling. Everyone in the lobby had their heads looking up at this amazedly beautiful sight. To see it was breathtaking and in addition to its beauty was the fact that it rotated! The whole theater was a look back to the grace and décor of the 30’s. The inlayed woodwork on the walls and inside the elevators was eye catching. And we hadn’t even seen the show yet.
The show was terrific and we were ready for 2 more hours before the bus trip home. The Plaza was packed with people by this time. The Plaza and the Plaza Christmas tree are so much larger than it appears on TV. Additional trees are set along the area and lots of lights. We even saw one man propose to his girl at ring side of the ice rink. We returned to our bus stop, boarded and watched the skyline disappear into the distance. The weariness of the day set in and sleep overtook us for the next few hours. I think we may make this an annual event.