Christmas includes a celebration through music. (This can cut both ways; I know of some people who 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.|
|Here is a New Hampshire native to whom we are related six different ways.|
We listened to Bing Crosby in the car while doing errands.
|Madison Square Park, in the Flatiron District, is the home of the original (and I think best) Shake Shack.|
|My husband's college roommate and I were laughing at my terror during our 2 am trips to Papaya King from over 20 years ago.|
|We went to the Flower District for some last minute items...|
|...to get a bit of ice.|
We did the final errands by foot. Street performers played carols. Interesting people were everywhere.
A highlight of so many Christmas seasons is Evensong at Saint Thomas.
|Is this one of the ones that your family donated, C.L.?|
|The crowds were extraordinarily thick...|
|....but the view worth savoring before heading back.|
Preparations were almost done for the holiday festivities, where two generations living on the same floor open their doors and guests spill out into the hall.
|Her childhood Steinway, made in 1908, is signed by a slew of famous poets.|
|All talk, while waiting, always turns to sailing.|
Now, the guests, including so many old friends, are arriving. 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 from The Daily Prep
For those who like jazz, here is a pre-carol warm up: