I’m currently blogging from the Tampa Bay International Airport, waiting for my connecting flight to take my siblings and I back to CT. Not pleased about going back, but I am pleased that I can continue to relive this wonderful holiday season through all my recap blog posts – enjoy this latest one, about our trip to NYC 12/23-12/24!
Every year, my dad takes my sister and I to NYC on the 23rd. We shop, go out to eat, and stay overnight. Then on the morning of the 24th, we wake up and go to the Today Show to get on TV! We are successful each year, and after we get on TV, we have breakfast, shop if we still need to make some stops, and then go home. It is really one of our most beloved family traditions, and I look forward to our NYC excursion each and every holiday season.
The coldest year we ever went, in 2009.
Last year's trip in 2010! Sis is behind the camera.
This year was wonderful, as usual.
Traditional photo prior to departure.
We stayed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, which was very ritzy and super convenient.
Loved the glass elevators!
Elevators were supposedly super efficient (and were…at times). You typed in the number of your desired floor on a keypad, and the screen displayed which elevator you were supposed to go to.
We were all the way up on the 38th floor! What a view, and a nice room too.
Hannah and I prepared for our shopping with a Starbucks pit-stop for nonfat mistos.
She and I had some fun with the Forever 21 billboard in Times Square that shows its audience with a new character every couple of minutes. Can you spot us? Probably not, I barely can. If you could I actually might be a little freaked out.
Halfway through shopping I got a hankering for a unique NYC snack. I found it at Nuchas, a little stand in the heart of Times Square that sold empanadas. I chose a grilled chicken variety that was delicious. I didn’t take a photo because it did look quite plain, but trust me, this was better than a street vendor hot dog.
I had some success shopping! I found a sweatshirt and new jeggings at American Eagle, and a ton of jewelry and a shirt at Forever 21.
And then came our traditional trip to Rockefeller Center to see the tree at night!
Then it was time to go back to the hotel to get ready for what turned out to be a wonderful dinner – still to come!
What’s your most treasured holiday family tradition?