Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

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.

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:


The Silver Bunny said...

A very Happy Christmas to you too from Paris !

Janjan said...

Just heading back from the Teddy Bear Mass at Church of The Advent. Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family

Bernie said...

There's nothing like Christmas in New York City. Those wonderful stores with their beautiful decorations. I always try to stop for a drink at the Roosevelt Hotel. When I do I feel like a character in a J.D. Salinger novel. I hope you get snow. That would make it extra special. Merry Christmas, Muffy!

Susan R said...

Love the navy whale pants Muffy, my favorite colors. Are those Vineyard Vines? By the way...and I'm being completely serious here, do you call those "Go To Hell Pants"? Have you heard that term before? I think ADG from Maxminimus uses the term frequently.
Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Marie said...

I too was visiting Madison Square yesterday-I am in love with those small parks and appreciate what goes into them (I am married to a landscape architect). All the best for a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Yeat. Looking forward to another year of your blog.

binker said...

Merry Christmas to you and all of your loved ones.

I'm a tad bit surprised you don't spend Christmas at home....unless you are in NYC for Christmas Eve.

HipWaldorf said...

Merry Christmas. I have never heard anyone say publicly they avoided the Little Drummer Boy. Thank you for saying out loud what I have always felt. Thank you for a little humor on Christmas Eve!

Jill said...

I had to laugh when you said that you know of people who compete to see how long they can go without hearing The Little Drummer Boy. I thought I was the only one! I try valiantly to avoid it each year but always fail. This year, I heard two different renditions within ten minutes while shopping. Ouch.

Hope you're having a lovely Christmas season.

Nadja Cipriani said...

More wonderful photo vignettes.

Merry Christmas! Your blog brings me respite from my everyday world and so much pleasure. Many many thanks.

All the best to you for the coming year.

Michael Rowe said...

What a magnificent series of New York Christmas photos. Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and ours. Looking forward to the next year of your pellucid musings on coastal life and aesthetics!

Mona said...

Joyeux Noel from a Parisian exiled in New England since 1993 and a huge fan of your blog!

Merry Wife said...

Merry Christmas, Muffy!

3button Max said...

Merry Christmas Aldrich clan.
have enjoyed your posts and pictures this year9and previous years) all the best

Bitsy said...

Thank you for another year of wonderful posts and photographs. I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2013.


WRJ said...

Merry Christmas! I thought of your blog last night at my Aunt's house, because you've done a great job highlighting Watch Hill. She has an amazing 1928 panoramic photo from the bluff showing the Ocean House and the original cottages in all their glory. Thanks for the great content, and here's hoping for much more!

LPC said...

Merry Christmas! And I thank you for all the photos of handsome men:).

Anonymous said...

Wonderful year-end post, Muffy. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2013.
Erica in Cazenovia, NY

Anonymous said...

Very honored to be featured (in the photo snapped near Columbus Circle)! Also glad you got to St Thomas (my home parish)!

monica said...

Merry Xmas!!!! Loved your Lilly pants outfit. Dying to know what shows you wore!? Thank you for bringing New England prep to an east coast girl living in CO!