I’m sorry I’ve been missing in action here for quite some time. I trust that everyone has been having a nice holiday celebration.
On Christmas eve, I had the craziest idea to go downtown and do some Christmas shopping. It was an especially crazy idea for me because I hate to shop under normal circumstances, much less on one of the most busiest shopping times of the year. I also hate crowds and I was heading downtown to an area crowded with locals and tourists — around 34th Street, near Macy’s department store.
This is the sight that met me when I came out of the subway station.
It was certainly crowded.
There were people shopping, tourists sightseeing, people trying to catch the bus and trains.
This area is packed with plenty to see and do — the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Macy’s, other shopping outlets, food establishments and Penn Station.
Despite the crowds, everyone moved easily on the sidewalks and crossing the streets. It was almost like an intricate dance. No one bumped into each other. There were no accidents and everyone seemed to go where they wanted without a problem.
The "Believe" sign on Macy’s department building was not hard to miss. It’s mainly inspired by the 1947 movie, "Miracle on 34th Street" — believe in the spirit and miracle of Christmas. The sign is also inspired by the 1897 New York Sun editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".
Virginia sending a letter to the newspaper editors, asking whether Santa Claus exists.
If any of you are wondering whether I managed to do good shopping, my answer is no. I bought nothing. I went to a store in the area. The place was a zoo! It was packed with excited and determined people, grabbing items off the shelves and there were extremely long lines to pay for the items. I only lasted 5 minutes in the store before I walked out. The environment and energy was just too crazy for me to do any shopping. I got back on an equally crowded subway train and returned home.
All in all, I had a very nice Christmas Day celebration and I’m very grateful.
I wish everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year 2013, filled with all good things. Thank you for stopping by my blog.