Sunday, December 16, 2012

Capturing December...Christmas Tree

Gracie Mansion Christmas Tree

Over the years I've had some wonderful opportunities. My earliest job in government was working at City Hall, over 32 years ago. Our group of colleagues still gets together every year and for the last few years we have been fortunate to hold the reception at the Mayor's formal residence, Gracie Mansion. The present mayor doesn't live there, but in the past it was the Mayor's residence. The original house dates back over 200 years and most receptions now are held in the Susan B. Wagner Wing, named for former Mayor Robert Wagner's wife.  The reception was last week and I valiantly tried to get a good picture of the beautiful Christmas Tree. But it was crowded and this picture was the best I could do. There are easily twenty foot ceilings and the tree is majestic. 


Don't they look pretty!

The cookies featured above aren't from Gracie Mansion, but they are so pretty that I couldn't resist adding them. They were part of the dessert buffet for our departmental holiday party at the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. The setting was lovely and the food was terrific.  I hope to make a return visit to see the holiday train exhibit.

Yummy dessert buffet

I think I feel this way every year, but this year in particular I am amazed at how December has flown by. I just ordered cards today and realized that it was more prudent to order card for New Year. I am really pleased how they look and if anyone would like a Buttercup card, just leave me a message and we will connect. I am very appreciative of the blog buddy cards I've received and each one is a sweet message of the friendship I've found in Buttercupland. My next goal is wrapping presents and actually getting to the post office. 

My prayers and loving wishes to Buttercupland and to Newtown

11 comments:

Lauren Davenport said...

Wow, that tree looks amazing and huge! And those desserts looks so nice!

Maple Lane said...

What an awesome tree! The desserts look especially tempting. Wishing you a nice week.

Nellie said...

"Tree-mendous" pictures, Buttercup!

Deanna said...

Great looking tree and delicious dessert buffet...all very festive!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds like you've had some good times celebrating with friends. Lovely tree and desserts and friends make for some good times. Nice that you do still get together with those from your first job there. Best wishes for a great week ahead.

Theresa said...

Oh how fun! Beautiful tree and a wonderful time together with friends! Have a blesed day dear friend, HUGS!

Ms Sparrow said...

It sounds like you're getting into the holiday spirit even if you're not quite up-to-date.

Terra said...

Those receptions are in lovely places.

Susie said...

Buttercup, Just living in NYC and working the places you have...wow, you must lead an interesting life. I love that huge tree. xoxo,Susie

Pam said...

Lucky you with Gracie mansion and all! The tree is so pretty and it sounds like you had a grand time.

Melinda said...

Ooooooooooooooo! What fun you must have had.

I'd love a card from buttercup !

M :)