Christmas, New York Style.

It’s been such a busy time since we arrived here at our son’s house in NJ. The grandchildren almost knocked us over in the rush for hugs, when we arrived. The house is looking very festive, and there are stacks of presents in the basement, away from the prying eyes of little Santa believers.

We all went into the city yesterday, first to our son’s church, ‘Hillsong’, where there must have been a thousand people all singing Christmas carols, and listening to a message about the real meaning of Christmas. Sienna managed to make centre stage. πŸ™‚


Then after lunch, we were off to the ‘ABC Carpet & Home Store’ where we patiently stood in line to see the ‘real’ Santa. Max and Sienna were wide awake and very eager to bend his ear with a few requests.


When Sienna’s turn came, she spent some time telling him her tale about needing an armoire for her American Girl Doll’s clothes and shoes, so that she can keep the playroom tidier. He was very attentive, and told her that she’s been a very good girl this year, and he will see what he can do. πŸ™‚


Sweet little Taylor was out for the count, and missed her chance, but I’m sure Santa already knows what she wants for Christmas. He knows every little child’s heart…..right?


Then it was off to the Rockefeller Centre to see the giant Christmas Tree. Everyone else had the same idea, but we were very lucky to find a parking spot.



Some of the store windows around there were really pretty, but That Rockefeller Centre insisted on being in all my pics. πŸ™‚




Back home again, we had fun and games at bath time.



After a delicious supper, and when the children were eventually in bed, all the adults retired to the basement to help Santa’s elves wrap a mountain of presents. It was an exhausting day, and I’m really sorry I haven’t had time to visit all your blogs. It’s a bit hectic around here at the moment, with three small and boisterous children. I need to make the most of every moment with them.

Tonight, and I think we have a lot of people coming around for a party, and then we open our new pyjamas, which is I’m told is an American tradition for Christmas Eve. I believe some people wear their new PJ’s for the whole of Christmas Day, but I don’t think that’s going to happen here. Maybe just for the present opening session, which by the look of things, could take almost the whole morning.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope you’ve all been good, and that Santa will stop by your house tonight.Β  πŸ˜€

91 comments on “Christmas, New York Style.

  1. Your photos speak volumes about the great time you are having with the children AD . The grandkids must be over the moon πŸ™‚

  2. Big cities sure know how to celebrate Christmas with their decorations and lights everywhere. I remember loving to walk the streets of Paris at Christmastime.

  3. Love the tree, the angel display and the windows near Rockefeller Center. So festive. What I want to know is: did Sienna get her American Girl doll armoire? πŸ™‚

      • Thanks. I can’t believe that you even have time to post, let alone comment!!! You’re so amazing! Ops I’ve said that before. You’re going to get tired of it1 πŸ™‚ Marsha πŸ™‚ xoxox

      • Our son is out, the children are all asleep and hubby and I are the only ones still up on this cold rainy night. Hope you’re warm and dry, Marsha. Life and blogging will return to normal after New Year. Hugs to you. πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha…….that’s such a funny question, Marsha. Whoopi Goldberg once said, “Normal is nothing more than a cycle on the washing machine.” πŸ˜† I too am overfed. 😯

      • I am glad. I am three pounds overfed in just 3 days. I hate to see what happens on the scales tomorrow!!! It’s no more sweets until the end of the year!!! πŸ™‚ M.

  4. Wonderful photos. I have never heard of the Christmas pajamas so it is not a tradition for the whole country πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Judy. I asked where the tradition started, and was told that it’s a family thing that’s been going on for a couple of generations. πŸ™‚

  5. Ahihihi…. I wish there is a Santa for adults. I’d tell him hours of stories me self. πŸ˜€
    Happy Christmas and A Merry New Year.

  6. Looks like a wonderful family Christmas Sylvia! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    You found a parking spot in Manhatten on Christmas weekend?!? Wow! 😯

    • Thanks, Phil. Yes, we’re having a great time here with the family. My son is an expert at finding free parking spots, even in Manhattan on Christmas Eve. πŸ™‚

  7. SO glad you’re having a marvelous time. Don’t know about this PJ thing… must be an east coast phenomenon (always chasing the latest, greatest sales pitch). Main thing is to simply enjoy those wonderful grand-babies!
    (You have my permission to skip a reply. Just knowing what fun you’re having is plenty!)

  8. I like the way Taylor handles thee whole holiday experience. I’m with her! Have a super and safe visit, ad. You are closer to me than ever! πŸ˜€

  9. Lovely Christmas pics, AD. The kids must be looking forward to tomorrow. A Father Christmas in brown?? Very unusual.
    BTW son is the spitting image of his dad, not so?
    Have a wonderful Christmas Day. xxx

    • Thanks, Pussycat. Santa’s costume is a dark maroon velvet, which I think is much more classy than the usual pillar box red. πŸ™‚ Yes, father son and grandson are very alike in looks as well as personality. Happy Christmas to you. xx

  10. Have a wonderful day tomorrow Sylvia though I’m in no doubt you’re going to. It’s been a pleasure following your blog this year and I look forward to many more wonderful posts in the new year! :-)x

    • Thanks so much, Adrian. yes we’re all having a great Christmas. I’ve so enjoyed our blog relationship this year, and look forward to more amazing pics in 2013. πŸ™‚

  11. Lovely to be with family for Christmas AD πŸ˜‰
    May it be a Blessed day, and may the Blessings continue.
    Have a good party tonight, and even if you decide to wear your PJ’s the whole day, so be it πŸ˜‰

  12. Sleeping Taylor is simply too sweet! Wish I had a grandchild but that is not very likely.
    Enjoy the day. I hope Taylor gets everything she wanted and give her a little hug from a surrogate grandad in Durban.

    • Thanks so much, kragenhai. Yes, she is absolutely adorable. I’ll go and hug her for you right now. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas again to you and Cholmondeley. xx

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