Holiday Season, NYC Style

By the time Thanksgiving is over, New York City will be ready to display the festivity of holiday season. There will be more lights, wonderful window displays and amazing store decorations; seasonal events such as ice skating rinks at Bryant Park, Central Park or Rockefeller Center and my favorite is the winter market at Bryant Park. Of all the many wonderful things to see in New York City during holiday season, the window displays from the city’s top stores are the ones that are most breathtaking. Each store competes to show the astonishing display of themes on its windows. People will be wowed by the ranging of themes from Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman’s and many other upscale stores. They can be whimsical, full of fantasy, imaginative, depiction of stories that are popular like A Christmas Carol, Mother Goose, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and so on. Those themes are truly work of art!

When you decide to visit New York City during holiday season, be prepared to encounter a lot of people, more than usual. There will be crowd almost everywhere! Wear sensible and comfortable shoes, bundle-up warmly, cause you’re going to take lots and lots of walk. Your main attractions will be mostly along Fifth Avenue. Saks Fifth Avenue has musical light show that covers its entire building. It is simply amazing! Young and old would gather across the store and waiting for the show to begin every 10 minutes. Across Saks Fifth Avenue is another attraction that has been showed on popular movies about Christmas, such as Home Alone: Lost in New York, which is the Rockefeller Christmas tree. The tree, the ice skating rink and the displays around the Rockefeller Center are another wonderful sights to see. You might also browsing the winter market at Bryant Park that has many local artists showing and selling their artworks. Not too mention, another ice skating rink, which is heated, and I think is more romantic than the one at Rockefeller. People can buy some hot cocoa or coffee and have varieties of munchies, sit on one of the park metal chairs and see people ice skating or just relaxing with loved ones. The market is also the best place to get presents for any occasion or souvenirs, if you’re a tourist. So, let me show you how New York City celebrates holiday season. You’ll be amazed for sure!

 

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One Day at the Flea Market

What would you find if you happen to see a flea market on the side of the road? You would stop right away with such curiosity. Your anticipation builds up, perhaps you would find what you’ve been searching for a long time. So many things to see and admire. So many things to touch and examine. You pick up a thing or two, because you can’t believe you’d found it. It does exist! Old china, bottles, lightbulbs, wooden boxes, a sword (yes, a sword), vinyl records, lovely jugs, door knobs, antique chairs, raggedy toys, your favorite comics, and hey, diecast cars! All in one place and you’d feel like you’re in paradise. Then comes the part when you have to haggle with the seller. With such confidence and wit, you try to outsmart the man. At last, you’ve finally got what you wanted, that your heart had fell in love with, and your big smile was the proof. So that’s the story when one day you accidentally passing by and saw a flea market. You wish one day you’ll meet another one with more things to view (and maybe collect).

 
Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

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Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Flea Market Finds

Say It With Flowers: Wild Aster

During Fall, we’ve had some wild flowers blooming freely near our garage. I found out that they were wild Asters. They’re miniscule with color of light purple and pink in the center. Then, I wondered if I could use these flowers to decorate our dining table. So I collected them and put in a Mason jar. The result was a simple yet stunning country-style centerpiece. The scent from the wild Asters that was sweet and subtle, flourished in the dining room entertaining everyone.

THE WILD FLOWER’S SONG

As I wander’d the forest,
The green leaves among
I heard a wild flower
Singing a song.
 
I slept in the Earth
In the silent night,
I murmur’d my fears
And I felt delight.
 
In the morning I went
As rosy as morn,
To seek for new joy;
But O! Met with scorn.
 

William Blake

 

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Wild Aster in Mason Jar

Wild Aster in Mason Jar