Christmas includes a celebration through music. (This can cut both ways; some people have a standing contest each year to see who can avoid hearing The Little Drummer Boy the longest.) But a Christmas without music just wouldn't be Christmas. And the day so far has provided a full range.
Christmas Eve began with a quiet dog walk through Central Park.
|Everyone knows the names of the dogs, but not their owners.|
|Madison Square Park, in the Flatiron District, is the home of the original Shake Shack.|
|The Flower District|
|Where the Cabs Fill Up|
|A Bit of Ice|
A highlight of so many Christmas seasons is Evensong at Saint Thomas.
|The crowds were extraordinarily thick...|
|....but the view worth savoring before heading back.|
|Her childhood Steinway, made in 1908, is signed by a slew of famous poets.|
|All talk, while waiting, always turns to sailing.|
. Ray Cohen and Dennis Buck, on the nose-to-nose pianos, take breaks from holiday music to "play in" some of the accomplished guests with signature pieces as well as inside jokes.
|Comedy writer ("Laugh-In") Lesley Davison and architect (Los Angeles Museum of Art) Hugh Hardy|
|It is already an evening of great performances with bassist Tom Hubbard and pianist Tedd Firth.|
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
For those who like jazz, here is a pre-carol warm up: