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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

To me the Nativity scene, Santa Claus, the Rockettes, St. Patrick's cathedral, Carols, Jingle Bells, snow, cold weather, horse and carriage rides in Central Park, the skating rinks in Rockefeller Center and Central Park, decorated store windows, hot chestnuts, etc., just to name a few things--ALL make up Christmas.

It's 79 degrees outside but I can walk into a South Florida mall and see a Christmas tree, a kid sitting on Santa's lap, watch another kid throw a fake snowball, hear "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" on the loudspeaker and it is Christmas for me!!!

Now my Christmas may not acknowledge Christ or any religious aspect that a Christian may but I feel as warm, as moved, surrounded by cheers of "Merry Christmas" or seeing pins on women's clothes of lit up Santa Clauses as anyone can. I look around and I think of "Peace on earth, good will to men" whether it is looking at a Christmas wreath or a Hanukah bush.

I was 16 and saw myself as a sophisticated man of the world with my cashmere leather trimmed, falling just below the knee, overcoat, leather gloves, brown fur earmuffs and a cashmere scarf thrown around my neck in cavalier fashion about to take my first horse and carriage ride through Central Park with someone I had just met in the Oak Room of the Plaza hotel. I can tell you every inch of that ride and the beauty of being in the park in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by towering buildings sparkling like many colored jewels on a dark, snowy night three days before Christmas but I couldn't tell you a thing about the person I was with.

I started this series off by saying I probably will never experience another Christmas season in New York but my memories of such magical times in my life will be with me forever. Whether I hear a choir singing carols or "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" or "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" heard on the speakers in a mall or see and/or smell holly, mistletoe, a pine tree or a nativity scene or a menorah or Santa Claus or watching "It's a Wonderful Life" an unforgettable time will come rushing to me.

It is never too early for "Peace on earth and good will towards men"
I hope that each of you who have never experienced the magic, the wonder, the awe, the excitement, the meaning of the holiday, get at least one chance to have Christmas in New York City.
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    "Peace on earth and goodwill towards men" is every day for me.
    1543 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    One of he doctors in our local Civitan Club was the only Jewish person, but he helped us with fundraisers, decorations, went to our Christian parties. I asked him if he had fun or did it just for the club. He said he truly loved the rituals, the foods that were kosher,(he keeps Kosher). I was very impressed that he just flew with the flock and really did enjoy things that had a different meaning for all of us.
    No ham or ribs, but try to keep him away from the cheesecake!!

    Also, at 16, you WERE a man of the world in your own mind! LOL! Aren't we all the sophisticates at that age?

    1543 days ago
    You made it come alive. Really enjoyed reading about Christmas in New York. Thanks for sharing those memories.
    1543 days ago
  • NESHAMA123
    I loved this 3-part blog. I am also Jewish and love Christmas though it has been years since I have experienced it in NY.
    1543 days ago
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