MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Something to always ask yourself . . .

I sincerely hope that no matter what situation I am in, I am always working towards improving humanity with kindness and generosity in some way. Rich or poor, everyone has the opportunity to help; we need your light.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., I thought it would be nice to highlight a few of my favorite charities. Big or small, every little bit counts.

Charity: Water because everyone needs clean water to drink, live and play.

Girls on the Run for helping girls gain their confidence and a healthy body image.

Go Shout Love, two moms with a vision to help critically ill children and their families.

Where Angels Play an organization building playgrounds in memory of children who passed away.

Make-A-Wish Foundation making dreams come true for terminally ill children and giving them a miracle.

The ultimate gift: simply be there. No matter what, be there when it's most important. You can be the lighthouse for someone who is going through the storm. 

MACY'S SANTA

I believe... I believe... It’s silly, but I believe.
— Susan, Miracle on 34th Street

If you've ever seen Miracle on 34th Street, the classic one in black and white, you know that the real Santa is at Macy's. So it was no surprise when Kevin said that he wanted to take Henry to see Santa there for his first Christmas. I only begged to buy their silly pictures.

I recently had a friend tell me that growing up she and her siblings always had their picture taken with Santa and how fun it was to look at those pictures now that they're older. I maybe have one picture as a child with Santa and wish there were more. The pictures would hopefully somehow capture childhood magic, or terror if you're Henry this year.

I swear babies either really love Santa or are simply really scared.

Henry up in arms about getting dressed that morning. He knew something was up. :) 

Henry up in arms about getting dressed that morning. He knew something was up. :) 

Classic Macy's sign with the Empire State Building. I love New York. 

Classic Macy's sign with the Empire State Building. I love New York. 

Not really wanting to chance waiting in line with what may have been a fussy baby, we reserved our time online to meet with Santa. Yeah, that's a thing now. I swear you can do anything online. The sad part about this? All the cool Christmas displays are in the line. Next year, we're going to go at some obscure time and see those displays. The bonus side, Jessica Simpson was in front of us in our VIP line. Our first celebrity sighting. We kept our distance, though, as her entire family was with her, and we were obviously out to spend time together as a family. 

The snippet of the display we saw in our short line. 

The snippet of the display we saw in our short line. 

It was sweet, they take a family photo before heading in to see Santa. Yes, my snoopy sweater is awesome.

It was sweet, they take a family photo before heading in to see Santa. Yes, my snoopy sweater is awesome.

Henry looking up at Santa not sure what to do. While this may look all innocent and curiosity, the crying began after this photo. Must have been that big white beard. 

Henry looking up at Santa not sure what to do. While this may look all innocent and curiosity, the crying began after this photo. Must have been that big white beard. 

After the shock of meeting Santa, we headed out to the window displays which are really something spectacular. These pictures don't do it justice.

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus! 

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus! 

The windows became really interesting from there, a young boy and Santa going to all the different planets.  

I see Alex's bedroom in my future! 

I see Alex's bedroom in my future! 

Back to sweet New York! 

Back to sweet New York! 

I was wrong when I told you that, Susie. You must believe in Mr. Kringle and keep right on doing it. You must have faith in him.
— Doris Walker, Miracle on 34th Street

  

ROCKEFELLER CENTER

 Nothing says "Merry Christmas from New York" more than Rockefeller Center at Christmas time. Merry Christmas from New York! Henry was astounded by the giant tree and zillion lights. 

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WINTER'S EVE

To officially kick off the winter season it only seems appropriate to start with a Winter's Eve Festival. Leave it to the Upper West Side to create something fabulous enough to convince my ever obedient husband to play hooky for one night. It was too good to pass up and we didn't even go to half of the events that were going on that night before Henry was ready to crash. 

Beautiful Christmas stars are my absolute favorite at the Shops at Columbus Circle. 

Beautiful Christmas stars are my absolute favorite at the Shops at Columbus Circle. 

Family Winter's Eve grainy selfie as we waited in the rain for the tree lighting to start. Love that they gave out free glow sticks for everyone to wear. 

Family Winter's Eve grainy selfie as we waited in the rain for the tree lighting to start. Love that they gave out free glow sticks for everyone to wear. 

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I will never, ever say no to a Magnolia Bakery cupcake. 

I will never, ever say no to a Magnolia Bakery cupcake. 

Henry's highlight of the night was meeting Abby Cadabby. He really loves her and her flying fairy school. 

Henry's highlight of the night was meeting Abby Cadabby. He really loves her and her flying fairy school. 

They had a kid's band playing but by then Henry was pretty much done and too tired to dance around with the other kids. 

They had a kid's band playing but by then Henry was pretty much done and too tired to dance around with the other kids. 

Jack Frost by the shops showing off his magic tricks.

Jack Frost by the shops showing off his magic tricks.

Pretty neat to see a talented ice sculpture make this nutcracker. 

Pretty neat to see a talented ice sculpture make this nutcracker. 

The beautiful simple tree right in the middle of Lincoln Square. 

The beautiful simple tree right in the middle of Lincoln Square. 

One more family photo. We were all soaking wet by this time so it's appropriate the my monkey has head completely covered! :) 

One more family photo. We were all soaking wet by this time so it's appropriate the my monkey has head completely covered! :) 

Happy First of December!