One of my favorite things about the holidays in New York, other than the lights all around, the tree at Rock Center (that I try to avoid every year until the end of the season for fear of getting trampled by tourists) and the delish egg nog latte at Starbucks (with whip, of course), are the holiday markets that are held in various squares and parks around Manhattan.
The one geographically closest to me is in Union Square. Lucky for me (unlucky for my wallet) I have to pass by the market when I go to my gym (which these days, I'm sad to say, is not very often) - usually I end up skipping the gym because my packages will not fit in my locker! Tomorrow is the last day of the market and I'm sorry that I haven't posted sooner because if you're in the city, and you haven't checked it out already (hello?! why not?!), then you definitely should! Even if you do not buy something while you are there, the majority of the vendors have websites where you can snoop around at a later date.
(Don't you think I have a sweet face? I do! People love to yell at me when I'm taking photos in public places. If I try to take their photo they ham it up and ask me for a copy for their MySpace or Facebook page (I kid you not) - but if I stand in the window at Filene's on 14th Street to take this photo, they bite me head off? What gives?!)
(Btw, the guy at this stand yelled at me because he didn't like that I photographed their lights. I said, "Why? They are so beautiful. People should see them." He just gave me a dirty look. I walked away without telling him I'd blog about them. He was such a grinch I forgot to ask him for a card so I could provide a link. bah humbug, Scrooge.)
So, this season passed us by entirely too quickly. I miss it already and it's not even over yet. Other than the holiday market, what I will sincerely miss are the Christmas trees on sale right outside my building. The whole block smells like evergreen. Until next year...
Harry Connick, Jr. - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
How hot is he? He looks better and better every year.