NYC Holiday: Giving Thanks and Making Spirits Bright

I keep trying to become a jaded New Yorker but it’s not working. Neither temps in the 20’s, nor rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor a borderline sinus infection can keep me from celebrating a holiday visit to the city. Especially this holiday. Years ago we celebrated a few Thanksgivings at The New York Palace and this year we revived that tradition. Taylor, Daniel and Angie and family bunked there this weekend so we could re-create a midtown Thanksgiving dinner there after viewing the parade from our little spot at Columbus Circle. The absolute best of two worlds.

A favorite Macys parade balloon: Hello Kitty

A favorite Macys parade balloon: Hello Kitty

Daniel and Chris at the parade.

Daniel and Chris at the parade.

Taylor's signature selfie with SpongeBob. Twins separated at birth?

Taylor’s signature selfie with SpongeBob. Twins separated at birth?

Feeling the power: no wind for this year's parade so the balloons could fly high.

Feeling the power: no wind for this year’s parade so the balloons could fly high.

Our dear friends Teri and Billy joined us for Thanksgiving Day.

Our dear friends Teri and Billy joined us for Thanksgiving Day.

Bundled up: it was really cold this year!

Bundled up: it was really cold this year!

Tough Thomas: he was determined to see every minute of the parade, even though he was freezing!

Tough Thomas: he was determined to see every minute of the parade, even though he was freezing!

Those dogs bark! Thomas had to soak his feet to warm them up after the parade.

Those dogs bark! Thomas had to soak his feet to warm them up after the parade.

We all took a break after the parade and then reconvened for dinner at The Palace. It is looking very regal indeed after a recent renovation. Such a special way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Bobby, Thomas and James getting cozy at The Palace

Bobby, Thomas and James getting cozy at The Palace

Turns out The Palace is dog-friendly, at least for royalty like Tiny.

Turns out The Palace is dog-friendly, at least for royalty like Tiny.

View from 46 stories up.

View from 46 stories up.

They sent an expert to carve our 24-lb turkey

They sent an expert to carve our 24-lb turkey

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

My guys looking contented after Thanksgiving dinner.

My guys looking contented after Thanksgiving dinner.

You can't do this at a restaurant - loved our Thanksgiving at The Palace!

You can’t do this at a restaurant – loved our Thanksgiving at The Palace!

The CE and I headed back to Midtown for dinner with our boys last night and enjoyed looking at the Fifth Avenue decorations once the Black Friday crowds dispersed.

The Christmas tree at The New York Palace

The Christmas tree at The New York Palace

Where did Saks Fifth Avenue's snowflakes go? I miss them!

Where did Saks Fifth Avenue’s snowflakes go? I miss them!

Bottega Veneta's clever holiday window

Bottega Veneta’s clever holiday window

Harry Winston on Fifth Avenue

Harry Winston on Fifth Avenue

Tiffany wins this year for best lights!

Tiffany wins this year for best lights!

Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows are always a delight. This year’s theme is “Inspired” and dedicated to The Arts. We were truly awe-inspired when we saw the “Authors” window with needlepoint portraits of Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson and others.

Piece of cake: I loved this little window at Bergdorf's.

Piece of cake: I loved this little window at Bergdorf’s.

This window is dedicated to sculpture.

This window is dedicated to sculpture.

The "Authors" window at Bergdorf Goodman

The “Authors” window at Bergdorf Goodman

Close-up detail from the Authors window - it is hand-stitched needlepoint!

Close-up detail from the Authors window – it is hand-stitched needlepoint!

101 trombones? The music holiday window at Bergdorf's.

101 trombones? The music holiday window at Bergdorf’s.

Even 58th Street is beautifully lit up for the holidays.

Even 58th Street is beautifully lit up for the holidays.

It has been a most perfect Thanksgiving weekend. Well, except for missing those critters (and that reported 80-degree weather) back in California. Don’t get to feeling too sorry for them, though – looks like they are not suffering in the least:

Thank you Tammy, Tom and family for spoiling those dogs!

Thank you Tammy, Tom and family for spoiling those dogs!

 

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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6 Responses to NYC Holiday: Giving Thanks and Making Spirits Bright

  1. dizzyguy says:

    This posting faithfully shows the Thanksgiving we enjoyed here in the city. The photos are a delight and convey the experience as we had it. Just a wonderful time at the parade, with family and friends, young and, and,………..ahem, late middle aged. The Palace was as magical as we remembered it from years past. We hope that everyone reading this also had the special holiday they were looking for. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  2. Jean gutsche says:

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving! I love the pictures of family, the parade, and festive New York! Love to all! Xoxo

  3. katherine says:

    Clearly much to be thankful for. So lovely that you don’t take it for granted.
    So very thankful to know you (and that you keep up the chicken-blog. It makes my week!)

  4. pollo amigo says:

    New York looks like a wonderful backdrop to a happy family gathering. Hope the rest of your trip is as fun.

  5. Angela Gutsche DiGaetano says:

    What a wonderful memory for ALL of us that you provided. Giving thanks for you year round; all that you do for each and every one of us. LOVE YOU. XO

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