This December seems to have been calmer than usual, which is rather nice. We’ve both had concerts – Tom’s choir sang a delightful program of Spanish Christmassy music whilst mine performed Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, and of course there have been some carols too. Other than a single string of lights we haven’t bothered decorating this year, but have been making the most of every opportunity for festive food and drink, with one particularly note-worthy weekend including both the first mulled wine of the season and Tom’s first attempt at hasselback potatoes (an epic success!).
As various people have pointed out to me, things have been a little quiet around here lately…! Since we got back from our trip to Hawaii (of which more very soon, I promise) on December 5th, the usual pre-Christmas madness completely took over, and it has taken this long to catch up. Continue reading
December seems to have lasted an awfully long time this year. I’m not sure whether that’s because we’ve been more or less busy than usual – I’m actually inclined to suspect the latter, but nevertheless we seem to have maintained an action-packed schedule.
What better way to spend the afternoon of Boxing Day than by going for a walk? Particularly if that walk takes in an array of extravagant Christmas lights. Following a friend’s recommendation we headed out to deepest Brooklyn to see the Dyker Heights displays, which turned out to be well worth the trip.
December this year has been more than usually crammed with concerts (both singing and attending) and, with a novel festive twist, we also recorded a financial version of the 12 days of Christmas for CNN. Continue reading
Venturing out for a walk on a snowy afternoon, what should we see but Santa trying to hail a cab…
This year I learned that Thanksgiving became a formal public holiday under Abraham Lincoln, as a kind of combination harvest festival and national day. Puritans and Indians notwithstanding, I was pleased to see a contemporary interpretation of the intentions laid out by Lincoln as people turned to social media (as well as, presumably, more traditional channels) to highlight all kinds of things about which they were feeling thankful. This in turn reminded me that even though life has been feeling a little routine of late (hence the recent lack of updates) we do indeed have a great deal to be thankful for.
Following our early celebrations we flew off to spend Christmas proper in the Bahamas. I realise this sounds terribly jet-set, but is a big advantage of having family living in interesting places!