Friday, December 28, 2012

(Another) Miracle on 34th Street

There are two places that say Christmas in New York to me. One is Rockefeller Center and the other is Macy's. Years of viewing "Miracle on Thirty Fourth Street" made Macy's a mandatory stop every Christmas. For years I worked across the street and visited the store two or three times a week. But nineteen years ago I changed jobs and my trips to Macy's became much less frequent.

I hadn't been to Macy's since I had surgery in June and was overwhelmed at the thought of braving the crowds. I had pretty much decided I wouldn't make it this year, but a stalled subway train tonight put me at the station near Macy's and I trooped over to see the decorations. The crowds were there and there was a little too much pushing for my taste, but happily I got my visit, some pictures to share, and survived the crowds. (Another) miracle on 34th Street.

This display was overhead at the entrance at Seventh Avenue

Twinkling lights and "Believe" set the theme

A glittery theme in the jewelry department

Tonight begins my long, long weekend. I'm not working on Monday and am so excited to have four days in a row. I'll be spending New Year's eve with my bible study group friends and seeing my goddaughter on Monday, but otherwise I have few formal plans. I'm going to sleep in, blog, read magazines and drink coffee. I'm going to watch the predicted snow fall and be so grateful that I don't have to go out tomorrow and slip and slide on the way to work.     

I'll leave you with this wish from Macy's...
And cozy!


Lauren Davenport said...

It sounds like you have a lovely, relaxIng time - reading, blogging and coffee always sound great to me! Thank you for sharing these amazing photos.

Mimi said...

A NYC trip is planned for us next December and we already have our trip planned...where to go and what to see!!!!MACY"S is on that List!!!!
I cannot believe it is still that crowded!!!I am so excited to finally see it at Christmas time!!!ICe Skating at Bryant Park, Rockefellar center, tiffany's...looking at all the window displays on 5th ave!!!!
Hopefully the rockettes!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!!
And enjoy your 4 days off!!!How wonderful!!!
Be safe and stay warm...I would love to see the SNOW!!!

Marie said...

I hope that one day I will be able to see these things for myself. Central Park, Macy's, etc. Since watching Miracle on 34th Street as a young child, it has been my dream to be in NYC at Christmas time. Dreams can come true, so I'll keep working on making this one come true too. I hope you have a lovely LONG weekend! My mom says there is a lot of snow falling in Nova Scotia, expect it is the same all along the Eastern Seaboard. Stay dry and warm, and Happy New Year! xxoo

Becky K. said...

I'm so happy that you got to see Macy's this year. The photos are great!
We'll be enjoying pork and sauer Kraut on New Year's day. Make's the New Year official.
Enjoy all of those days off. Sounds like you have the perfect plan in place.

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

Thanks to you, now I've made my armchair trip to Macy's too. It is a beautiful sight! I hope you enjoy your long restful weekend. I do remember the days when I worked and so appreciated those 4 day weekends. In my case I usually had to use a vacation day to get one, but it was worth it for sure. We are to get a little more snow too, but nothing to compare with the snowstorm we had a few days ago. Take care, rest and relax and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures. So happy you have some time off to just relax. Enjoy!

Theresa said...

Oh how I would love to visit there! I think I am going to put that on my list for NEXT Christmas:) So beautiful! Enjoy your long weekend, rest and relax! HUGS!

Melinda said...

Looks like an exciting place to visit!

Enjoy your weekend and


Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Carol, Have a wonderful few days off from work. Thanks for the lovely pictures. I've only spent one holiday season in NYC, but it was memorable. I hope you have a great 2013.

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh my goodness, I love, love, LOVE those red ornaments hanging in the entrance to Macy's!!!

Hmmmmm - - - now I WONDER where I could hang something like that 'round here next year!?!

Ms Sparrow said...

I avoid the department stores over the holidays and the malls too. It was courageous of you to check it out. The decorations are wonderful!

Ronda said...

Your post and pictures brought back great memories of our time in NYC. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your days off.

Nellie said...

Great pictures! Our oldest daughter loves to shop at the Macy's in her town. I wonder how they decorate there. I must ask her.

Enjoy this week-end! Take time for yourself!

Thank you for your visits to my little blog, too.

Happy New Year!