Christmas comes but once a year but if you visit New York City, it’s Christmas time again. The holiday time crowds and decorations are out in force. The stores are busy with shoppers and the lines for everything from seeing a famous Christmas sight to visiting a restroom stretch out as far as the eye can see. Speaking of seas, we chose ferries as our means of transport. It made for a far more peaceful visit. We sat shoulder to hip and knee to each other on the Staten Island Ferry while we watched the sites go by, we lunched BLTs on sourdough with organic blue corn chips, mandarins and shortbread cookies. Then we walked along the shoreline past helicopters to ride the NYC ferry to 34th where we walked past miracles and wonders that make New York a delight. In the afternoon, we’d made our way to Times Square but the ball for the drop does not come out to fall until New Year’s Eve so we looked about at the glittering people and lights instead. By evening, we were standing shoulder to hip and toe to see the tree at the Rockefeller Center and to catch a glimpse of the skaters down below. As we boarded the ferry once again we all missed our native state of California and the times we stood shoulder to hip and toe to see the tree at the Embarcadero Center. I am lucky to have shared holiday times and traditions on both coasts with those I love. We have expanded our circle of beloved family to include cherished friends and our lives are blessed because we keep our minds open to learning about and accepting others. We have acquired new tastes and adopted new traditions from the places we have lived and visited and in so doing, enriched our lives. If there is one take away of the holiday season, it is love. Love goes wherever you go... That is the true miracle. Never stop being in awe of its wonder... Wishing ALL you Dear Readers a peaceful, phenomenal and love-filled new year!
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