Books, Daily Happenings, Holiday

Christmas In New York City

Hi friends! It’s finally Friday, woo hoo! This week felt like it flew by for me, anyone else feel that way? Regardless, have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚


After sleeping about an hour longer than normal, I woke up feeling a little better but congested this time. A hot shower helped that a bit (tmi?), and I got dressed for work. I took a little extra time with my makeup since I would be going out after work so Alex made breakfast for me. I’m back to scrambled eggs and toast which was delicious.


I finally finished “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” and loved it. It took me a little bit in the beginning to really get into the book, but once the pace picked up I was hooked. This is the story that is told in the present as well as back in time. There’s a few characters to keep track of and the years skip around so at first it was hard to keep everything straight but I got over it fairly easily. Now I want to watch the movie to see how that is. Are you a book or movie first person? To be honest, I didn’t even realize this was a movie until someone told me in the comments.

One thing I love about my company is we get 4 leave early hours every quarter that do not count against our vacation time. I decided to take 2 hours yesterday and headed into New York to meet Alex. While on the train, I snacked on half of a Power Crunch protein bar. The french vanilla creme flavor isn’t my personal favorite but it was tasty to fill me up instead of my typical afternoon yogurt I have.

I walked to Alex’s office then we headed off to our first stop of the night: the Rockefeller Christmas tree! It was less crowded than I thought it would be which was nice. I was expecting it to be worse so not having to really fight for a picture spot was a pleasant surprise.

After that, we walked back to his office to drop the sweater I brought for him off. I met a few of his coworkers then we headed off to dinner. We planned to go to a bar with a really good happy hour deal, New York City prices are no joke, but it was beyond crowded. We ended up going to Stout which was packed as well. The hostess said it would be about 45 minutes for a table but we put our names in anyway. Before we could even get our drink order filled at the bar, they called and said our table was ready. It was perfect timing because I started getting hungry. We started with fried pickles. Ya know, because on our first date, the fried pickles worked out so well…

Alex is pointing out that his meal was still bubbling from the oven.

The food was delicious! While the bar and restaurant was crowded, the food was quite speedy. I opted for the grilled chicken sandwich that had bacon, white cheddar and an avocado ranch on ciabatta. Alex had Shepard’s pie that had peas, carrots, onion, ground beef, mashed potatoes and he opted to get it topped with some cheddar cheese. They did not skimp on anything for either dish. It was so tasty and we had leftovers which is always nice.

After we paid, we headed to Bryant Park’s Winter Village. It’s a small market with a variety of vendors. We walked around and looked at a few vendors to see what they had to offer. One vendor was selling ornaments that you could personalize. Naturally I bought one for us to commemorate our first Christmas in our first place together! While this isn’t our first Christmas while dating, this is the first time we’ll spend it together. There was a tree there as well so obviously we had to take a picture.

Once we finished, we made a quick pit stop at his office to pick up Alex’s briefcase before heading to Penn Station for our train. When we got home, the congestion was real so I had some sleepy time tea before crawling into bed after our fun date out.

Question of the day: What’s one Christmas tradition you have?

23 thoughts on “Christmas In New York City”

  1. NYC looks so magical at Christmas! Next year, I hope to make it a priority to go up and spend a day or two there. We live in Central PA, so we can take Amtrak if we don’t feel like driving.

    I hope you enjoy the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. I think if you are a person who generally likes the movie adaptations of books, you will like it a lot. I’m one of those people that LOVE seeing books turned into movies. Even if they change things or I like the book better, I still enjoy seeing it on the screen.

    I remember when my husband and I were dating and we had our first Christmas we spent together. It was like a shift in our relationship when we realized that we were at the point where we weren’t spending the holidays with our respective families but hitting up each family together!

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    1. Definitely go Megan!! NYC all decorated for Christmas is beautiful! You’ll have to tell me if you go so that I can give some recommendations on places to eat. I didn’t realize you lived fairly close to me, I’m in central NJ.

      I’m hoping my library has it on DVD so I can watch it over the Christmas break my company has. I tend to like movie adaptations of book as long as I read the book first. I think it’s so fun to compare how I pictured characters and towns and how the movie portrays those.

      That’s exactly what we’re doing this year and I’m SO excited!! It makes me feel so adult hehe. Plus the other person’s family is just as important as our own so we’re glad we’ll be able to spend the holiday together with one person’s family going forward. Since our parents live a 12 hour drive apart from each other, it’s bittersweet on holidays – we get to fully immerse ourselves into one family but then the other has to wait until the next big one comes around. But it’s better than driving all over (in our opinion at least).


    1. You should definitely try to plan a trip once the Christmas decorations go up. We didn’t see all of the stores but their windows displays are so pretty. That’s an awesome tradition and what a great way to see how they change year after year.


  2. This seems so fun, and congrats on your first Christmas together. How exciting! Some Christmas traditions my boyfriend, Felix, and I have created are decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving while enjoying eggnog and a Christmas movie. We also LOVE all of the holiday markets in DC, so we’ve been enjoying those while we live here! I’m a suck for decorating Christmas cookies too, so that’s always on the agenda. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I could go on and on. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I make sure to soak up ALL of the fun, even if it can be cheesy at times. Owning it. โค

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    1. It’s not technically our first Christmas since we were together last year. But since I was still in school, I went home for Christmas break so we celebrated together about 10 days early. This time will be a real Christmas together which I’m so excited about! Decorating Christmas cookies is the best tradition and I definitely don’t eat any of the batter or cookies before giving them away…. Christmas is the time to embrace and own the cheesiness!


    1. Aw thank you! You should plan a trip to NYC around Christmas to see the decorations. Saks had a light show going out on the outside of the building that was times to music, so cool.
      That’s awesome! I love cutting down trees and a mountain would be amazing.


    1. Thank you! New York is so pretty during Christmas time in my opinion, you definitely have to try to get out here at some point. That’s so nice you don’t have to travel!! I head out Wednesday night to Chicago for a few days at my parents house to celebrate.


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