"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas in NYC!

My friend, Beth and I only manage to see each
other once...maybe twice a year.  So visiting her
before Christmas has become a family tradition the
past few years.  Beth and her husband, Karl
live in Jersey City, only minutes from the train to
NYC.   We drove out for a visit Saturday evening, slept
over, and visited the city in the morning. 
First stop?  FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store
in America.
While there, "Aunt Bether" told the kids
they can pick out a present for Christmas.
Judging from the expression
on Nic's face, this picture was taken just
after this news!
They made us very proud and didn't
take advantage of her generosity.
Nic just picked out an Angry Birds
game while Mary preferred
Calico Critters.
 Next, we hit the Tinsel Trading
Company - this was for Mommy!
 I blogged about going here about 4 years
ago, but it was definitely smaller than I
remembered.  Sure enough, they had moved
because unfortunately, the rent was going
to cost them an additional $10,000!
Sad to see the little guy being kicked
out, isn't that always the way?
 Nevertheless, Tinsel Trading still
had an array of gorgeous items to
bedazzle and charm. 
Lots and lots of glitter here.
My Mom would love it!
She loves everything that sparkles.
There's a mixture of vintage bits and bobs....
 ....and homemade items as well.
 Most of the authentic pieces were shipped in
from France and Germany and date back
to the 1930's.
 A tempting place to be for a
woman on a strict budget!
 These bottles are filled with teeny vintage
pieces that would make fab-u-lous
decorative accents.
 I don't know if I'd even want to use
what's inside - they're gorgeous just
as they are! 
 If you're ever in Manhatten, this is a
definite on the to-see list!
It was starting to get late and
drizzly outside, so while working our
way back to the train station we
decided to take a peek at
St. Patrick's Cathedral.
 We lit a candle and said a personal prayer.
It's so unbelievably ornate.  You really have
to be there to see.  
 Last stop was unexpected.  Just as we got
off the subway to lead us back to the train,
we were at Ground Zero.   This is the Freedom
Building being built in place of the Twin Towers.
From Jersey City -
Merry Christmas and Fuggetabowdit!


  1. What a fun trip! Someday I'd love to visit Tinsel Trading Company. Thank you for taking us along. Have a very Merry Christmas with your sweet family!

  2. Merry Christmas to You and Your family.Looks like a great time,enjoyed all the photos :)

  3. Aw Jill I LOVE the pic of you!! And the family pic also!! What blesings! God teds to do that just when you don't expect it!!! LOVE you a lot!! XOXO Aunt Frannie