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I’m always at a bit of a loss with what to do on Christmas Day. This year I did something I was always curious about: we explored Manhattan while everyone else was in unwrapping gifts. As I had hoped, the tourist crowds were minimal and we could see the windows and lights on Fifth Avenue without having to struggle to see over other heads!
We then checked out the huge tree at The New York Palace Hotel before heading downtown for lunch. Best of all we got to do another holiday mitzvah – while strolling downtown we ran into a family who were feeding the homeless community in Tompkins Square Park, and Ezra wanted to jump in and help! He and my husband handed out food before we headed home for the night. I think we now have a new tradition for December 25.

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and heading downtown to the East Village we found this cool 3D graffiti:

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handing out food in Tompkins Square Park:

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and we are winding down December with the last of gingerbread-house making at school, visits to see family in Boston (note the New England tree with lobster, fisherman, and lighthouse ornaments) and a trip to Brooklyn where Industry City had a great ‘Mexican Christmas’ party and display of blinky snowmen. I for one am looking forward to a quieter winter break before New Year’s Eve…

Some scenes from Instagram:

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for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

for Zoe, more is more when it comes to house decorating

so many snowmen!

so many snowmen!

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

if she could, she would definitely have a QuinceaƱera party to wear one of these dresses

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On Christmas day we stayed indoors for the most part because that warm spell was broken by the coldest snap ever! Our friends invited us to their house for a little dinner, and because Lea and Mia’s mom is from Germany we felt a little bit of German Christmas in the air. The exception of course was the ‘Simon’ game under the tree – that was a piece of my own past!

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making cheese 'carnations' with the cheese cutter..

making cheese ‘carnations’ with the cheese cutter..


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and OH  how we LOVE to fondue for dessert!

and OH how we LOVE to fondue for dessert!

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What napkin? I don't need a napkin...

What napkin? I don’t need a napkin…

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While we don’t celebrate Christmas at home, we know and love a lot of people who do. When we were in Boston we went back to cousin Paul and Sophia’s house and enjoyed all their holiday decorations. And the relatives even left a couple gifts under the tree for the kids! We got whopped with 8-12 inches of snow which the dogs (Max and Mia) loved looking at – from the windows. I think the snow got too high for little dogs to even stand in!

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It doesn’t get any more fun than hanging with friends in the bright lights – big city:
(see more fun city pix here via one of our favorite blogs)

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Rockefeller Center's tree by day

Rockefeller Center’s tree by day


a fountain filled with pine branches

a fountain filled with pine branches


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covering all holiday bases

covering all holiday bases – but where’s the menorah?

holiday lollipops with friends

lollipops after meeting a Santa

Bryant Park's tree and skaters

Bryant Park’s tree and skaters

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