Christmastime in the City...

The 5th Avenue snowflake after dark. This year, while my siblings were hanging with their in-law families for Christmas, my mom and I decided to do something different - spend a couple of days in New York City. We didn't have a whole lot planned, other than an Italian feast at Eataly on Christmas Eve and tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Christmas afternoon. (Which, technically, Mom didn't know was a plan, since it was her gift from Eileen, Chris, and James.)

We managed to fill the rest of our time nicely, though. Our pre-dinner hours on Christmas Eve were spent wandering around Midtown, taking in the lights and the crowds. We picked up half-price tickets to see the musical Memphis (highly recommend!) on Christmas night, and spent the time between our theater experiences having a leisurely dinner at La Bonne Soupe, which was one of my Dad's favorite places in the city - dating back to when he lived there briefly while studying for the New York State Bar Exam in the 1960s.

By the day after Christmas, I was a little tired of all the crowds, so I suggested we go to the Empire State Building, since I'd never been to the top. I know, right? Avoiding crowds by going to a major tourist destination on one of the busiest days of the year? Insane choice. We were in line for two-plus hours! With, like, crowds! It was pretty cool, though, once we got to the top.

Here's a little slideshow of some of the sites from our weekend:

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Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, too!