Growing up in New York always felt magical to me around the holidays. The city always transformed itself into a Winter Wonderland, and there is a feeling there unlike any other time of year. It just feels…warm.
I remember when I was in elementary school and my parents were running late to bring me to class. They told me it was like a holiday, when kids could go in late to school. I didn’t understand what was going on, and actually started to freak out because I thought I was going to get in trouble by my teacher. After all, what do parents know *sigh*. But as we drove further and further away from school that morning, and probably just before I had a complete melt down, my parents turned around with some surprising news – we were driving into the city to see the Rockettes!!
That day was magic. I remember how lucky I felt, how excited I was to be going on this adventure with my parents when I was supposed to be in school. I remember seeing this grand performance live on stage and being in awe. The lights, the glitter, the Nutcracker and animals dancing on stage. It is one of my favorite memories as a child, and as I grew up I tried to make it a tradition to go every year to this timeless performance.
Naturally life happens, and not living in New York anymore makes it hard to keep up with the tradition. But as we made the decision to visit my family during the Thanksgiving holiday – I had my chance to finally share with my girls that same feeling!
We dressed them up, curled their hair, and really made them feel like princesses. They didn’t know where they were going, just that it was special.
And this photo captures the moment we let the cat out of the bag. They had just finished watching the Rockettes on TV for the Thanksgiving Day Parade a couple days earlier, so they were super excited!
As we waited for the curtain to draw that performance, my girls couldn’t sit still. And let me just tell you…
It was once again, magic.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time…