Monday, December 9, 2019

O Christmas Tree

Perhaps the most beautiful Christmas tree in New York City,
 and perhaps the most beautiful Christmas tree anywhere.

I have my favorite places to visit during this season and I'm especially happy when I can share it with someone who hasn't seen it before. I had that treat on Friday night. My friend Becky and her daughter, Lindsey, were here from Mississippi and I got to suggest our plans. They had already visited Rockefeller Center to see the most beautiful outdoor tree in New York City and joined me for a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The Neapolitan Baroque Creche dates from the Eighteenth Century

It's so worth a trip to the museum and will be on display until January 6, 2020. We didn't get to see it while Christmas music was playing, but it was still a wonderful visit.  

I'm always concerned about crowds this time of year and I was worried last Friday night before out visit. A neighbor told me that one day during Christmas week last year she stood in line for forty-five minutes just to get inside the museum. But our experience may have been a once in a lifetime visit. For the most part we had the museum all to ourselves. No one blocked our view at the Christmas tree or in the usually very crowded Impressionist rooms. There was even a seat at the cafe in the gift shop. 
A moment with Henri Matisse

My favorite Degas dancer and her friends on canvas

I didn't buy anything in the gift shop, but I got these sweet unicorns
 to pose for me for Magic Monday. 

I didn't quite make it to the post office today, but I've now got two packages wrapped and ready to mail, so it's on my schedule for tomorrow. I'm making headway on both cards and decluttering and I'm keeping the shredder busy. I still can't find two things I bought in Scotland in May and carefully put away. I put them away so carefully that they may not be found in time for Christmas. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and keep cozy!


Ginny Hartzler said...

OH, what a treat this tree is! It is stunning! A manger scene with so many angels looking down on it! The angels are worshiping and singing I bet. Thanks so much for posting this, I have never seen anything like it.

martinealison said...


Un arbre magnifique !... Merci pour le petit clin d'oeil de Matisse...

Gros bisous 🌸

Laurel Wood said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us. Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers for John.
Have a blessed day. xo

Theresa said...

Beautiful! I would love to see that tree in person. Hope you find the missing gifts. I do that quite often:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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

So nice nothing blocked your view so you could share that beautiful picture with us. Well worth the visit! And your timing was right. Looks like there was lots more to see too.

Linda said...

WOWOW on that tree. Beautiful. I hope you have a lovely rest of the week. smiles

Mevely317 said...

Oh wow. I agree, that may be the prettiest tree I've ever seen. I can only imagine how it feels to see it 'in person.'

LC said...

What a wonderful, beautiful, non-crowded experience you were able to share with your friends. Thanks for sharing with us, too!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Oh you have visited so many nice places in the city and the Met is one of my favorite place. Thanks for sharing all of these awesome spots in the city. :)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

ThT, truly, is the most beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen.

Deanna Rabe said...

I hope you find your Scottish treasures!