Daddy-O à Go-Go (rpkrajewski) wrote,
Daddy-O à Go-Go

Christmas Jollies

We had a very nice Christmas indeed. For O's family, that really means Christmas Eve, when there's food to be had, then presents at midnight. However, we kind of bent the rules a bit, so S1 got to see her loot around 8, and S0 opened his stuff around 9:30. I don't know if we're going to be able to fit all the toys in the car for the ride home ! Anyway, Christmas Day is really much quieter; we saved that for raiding the stockings and just having a nice quiet day.

Today, we finally ventured back out into the world, or to New York City, which is a reasonable approximation thereof. First, we went to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, to see the Holiday Train Show (which was really cool), and the "Gingerbread Adventures" exhibit outside, which is a bit of a disappointment because of the previous's day heavy snow, which obscured a lot of the topiary.

After driving through the Bronx down Westchester Ave. (where hip-hop lives), we had a late lunch at Sylvia's in Harlem. Mmm, that was good, especially the catfish fingers. Unfortunately, they were all out of red velvet cake, so our desert plans were foiled. Then we drove down 5th Ave., past the Museum Mile and Central Park, where the sledders were out in force, to Rockefeller Center. O, S0, and I took a quick look-see around there and the windows at Saks, which have a Russian fairy-tale flavor to them this year. By that time it was pretty late, so by the time we got out of Gotham, and it was around dinner-time, but none of us were feeling particular hungry. So, the only logical choice for sustenance was to get ice cream at Thomas Sweet's in New Brunswick. That was some excursion !

After the kids went the bed, O and I saw Far From Heaven, which uses the conventions and technology of 50s melodramas (especially of the films of Douglas Sirk), but couldn't itself be made in the 50s. I thought it was wonderful, masterful in production design, cinematography, and Julianne Moore does a great job of carrying the picture. Definitely an Oscar contender.

Tags: christmas, dvd, nyc, trains
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