December 12, 2013
Watching “The Sound of Music” is one of my fondest holiday memories. Every Christmas I would watch it with my Nana whose Viennese heritage only added to the magic of the songs and beautiful Alpine scenery. Despite my Jewish upbringing I have always had a special love for Christmas- Everything from the beautiful lights to the stories of Santa, holidays movies and Christmas carols which I would sing and play on the piano in our living room.
Perhaps our 5 month old, Liam, is too young to get excited about the holiday just yet but I have loved every moment taking him for his first tree and singing him to sleep to the sounds of “White Christmas” and “Silver Bells”. He often falls asleep after only one verse so I have a feeling he will love Christmas just like his mama. Another tradition that was always a favorite was going to Fifth Avenue, NYC to see all the fabulous and always creative window displays. As a child who was enamored with beauty and design I could not wait to see the theme of each department store or how Cartier would wrap red ribbons around their facade.
I would then go ice skating in Rockefeller Center and get a much needed hot chocolate afterwards to warm my frozen fingers and toes.
Christmas is not only magical in NYC but all over the world- from tiny little towns throughout the U.S to ski villages in Europe or magical cities like Paris which look even more magical lit up by the glow of holiday lights. San Francisco our hometown is also even more beautiful during the holidays. This year we took Liam to Fort Mason to choose his very first tree and to some of my favorite boutiques to chose a few special hand crafted ornaments.
I hope you enjoy carrying on your favorite holiday traditions and creating new ones with your families this year, while remembering and giving to those most in need. After all that is the true spirit of Christmas.