I came to New York City for the first time during the Christmas season. I fell in love with this city during that vacation. The Big Apple rises to the occasion with all the lighted trees down all the Avenues, bows, spectacular department store windows, and the general "goodwill to all men." I moved here nine months later. I don't think any other city does this time of the year better. Everything glistens and sparkles. It's just turning cold and crisp. Perfect weather for this time of year. But, in the thirty one years since, everything has gotten more, more more. More crowded, more done up, more shopping hours, more pushing, more lines, more money, more everything.
When they used to light the tree, it was a sweet event. Live event. Short and sweet. If you blinked, you missed the moment when the switch was flipped and the tree was aglow for the first time. Now, it is a two hour extravaganza with largely pre-taped songs and skating. If you blink, you can see the replay over and over again. So clearly, I have mixed feelings about this time of year. It is a love/hate relationship. I do adore the beauty that pops up all over the city. I hate the traffic and crowds.
Oh, and speaking of traffic. Can anyone tell me why the DNC didn't know today was the date for the tree lighting? President Obama is coming to town for 3 fundraisers today. Really? Couldn't they have done this yesterday? The city will come to a literal stand still, even before the Presidential motorcade. If fundraisers don't annoy me enough, this tops it all. Did I mention that 2 billion dollars will be spent on the Presidential election? How can anyone not think that we need campaign finance reform when you hear that?
I digress. If you are lucky enough to be in New York City, use your feet to get around or take the subway. It is the only chance you have to enjoy your time here. Bah Humbug.
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