My family traveled to New York City last week for our Thanksgiving holiday. I’m not much of a big city guy and New York City has a way of both awing me and repulsing me. It is a place I enjoy for a few days and then anticipate returning to my country solitude.
My wife and I have been to NYC numerous times, but this was the first visit for our kids. Our trip was hectic and fun, tiring and memorable, quick and too long. We covered a lot of ground and saw many things. We went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Top of the Rock, The Rockette’s Christmas special, and the September 11 Memorial (although we were unable to enter). We ate many good meals, walked a lot, and generally soaked in the seasonal atmosphere of the Christmas window displays on Fifth Ave and glittery glow of the decorated city.
We left for this trip ready for turkey and giving thanks for what we had. New York successfully brought my family together, bonding us in mutual exhaustion and excitement; reinforcing the meaning and blessings of family and good friends in a city of millions of jostling, ear-bud wearing, car-honking strangers. The night after returning home we decorated our house for Christmas (just weeks away already!) and prepared to celebrate again all the love and fortune in our lives.
From my family to yours, Happy Holidays.