There is nothing quite like Christmas in NYC. I am so grateful to live in such a magical city. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I always remember to take a step back and to thank the Lord for all the blessings I have been given. Christmas is a time to reflect and to give to those you love and those less fortunate.
Each and every Christmas I keep traditions that I have done year after year, some I have begun as a child, and some that have recently become traditions with new people in my life. If this post gives any inspiration to begin traditions with your loved ones I would love to know!
1. Visit a Christmas Village
The Milleridge Inn is one of my favorite places to visit during the holiday season. It is located in Jericho, NY and they have the cutest little setup for the holidays. They have a general store, a bakery, a cafe, a flower shop, and an all year round Christmas shop. For the holidays specifically, they’re little stores including go all-out in decorations. Every window is flocked in Christmas lights and is truly a magical sight to see.
2. Go to a Christmas Mass
Every Christmas eve my family and I go to a 5 o’clock mass at our church. It would be a dream of mine to attend a Christmas vigil at St. Patrick’s Cathedral but for now, I will take my small, quaint, and special church. The Christmas vigil is always so special and everything from the smell to the lights of our church make that night so important.
3. Get a Christmas-y Manicure
I have always gotten my nails done right before special occasions (usually I just do my nails at home!) but for Christmas I decide to do something a little out of my comfort zone. I love to get a little snowflake, glitter, or some sort of red on my nails, it just completes the Christmas “look.”
4. Bake Christmas Cookies
Every year since I can remember my mother, sisters, and I have always baked Christmas cookies. We have a few secret recipes of cookies that we always make but also like to switch it up every year or so with a sugar cookie or a snicker doodle. Last year I made peppermint bark and these snowflake cookies. They were incredible but nothing beats our secret stash.
5. Make a Christmas Cocktail/Mocktail
Just a few weeks back I decided that I would contribute to our Christmas dinner at my aunt’s house this year with something that everyone could enjoy. A classic for my family is to always have cranberry ginger-ale at the table whether its for the kids or the adults. I came across a new spin on the cranberry craze. *You can substitute the tequila for vodka if that floats your boat and seltzer for the kids* I have linked the Casamigos Casa-Bells recipe here.
6. Wear Christmas Jammies
Always a tradition in my household. Christmas jammies; what could possibly be better than that! These from last year were from Wildfox and purchased at Saks Off Fifth. I still wear these pants and sweatshirt throughout the season but this year I’m planning on just as comfy pj’s.
7. Wander Around your City
No matter where you live make use of it and wander around your town. Whenever I go into the city, I always go somewhere that I have never been before. Whether it’s a restaurant, shop, or site I always make use of living in the most beautiful city in the world.
This weekend I ventured into the Central Park West area. We had a beautiful holiday brunch at Tavern on the Green and then headed into Lincoln Center after wards. It was the most perfect Sunday spent with the best people.
I sometimes take for granted how incredibly lucky I am to live here. I hope you all take a moment to be gracious and thankful for where you live and who you love no matter where it might be. I also hope your holiday season is full of light and love and that all of your Christmas wishes come true.
Have a warm & joyous holiday season.