As usual, we chose to spend our christmas and new year, somewhere new in the world, to get different memories to start the year. We live in Denmark, so we are use to our christmas traditions, where we celebrate christmas eve the 24. december by eating roasted duck, until you break a sweat. After than we run around the tree, singing christmas songs, without any talent at all. Furthermore one of us origin from Russia, which means that we also celebrate in russian manner, in the beginning of januar.
Can you see why we chose to travel instead?
This christmas was spend in New York, and even though we didn’t spend then days together with any locals, we did see the differences in how christmas is celebrated. First off, we were impressed of the Christmas Decorations in midtown – talk about going all-in! In Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, we have quite a lot of decorations and the amusement park Tivoli is lit up like a campfire. But it was nothing compared with the decorations at Rockefeller Center square, RadioCity and window decorations of shops like Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co. We really loved this way of displaying this cosy time of year, and the atmosphere around in the city.
We spend the 24. december, which is the danish evening for celebration, on a small japanese restaurant, having some great sushi and a walk in Soho. Could it be any better? The 25. we spend the day shooting lots of pictures, while New York went down in a slower pace than normal, just for one day. You could really feel the impact of Christmas, and how everything came to a stop just this day.
From the 26. december the sales begun, and the streets was packed with people, enjoying the days together with their families and shopping for great deals all over the city. The amount of people was very impressive, and we go stuck in human traffic jams at the pedestrian crossings several times. Living in a city with only 2 million inhabitants, this kind of traffic jams was something very new for us.
No doubt – we loved New York at Christmas time, the feel and cosiness of a huge city. It was so cool to see, how a metropol like NYC can provide you with a small-town-holiday-feeling in your heart. We would recommend everyone to go to New York this time of year at least once. Just remember one important thing – a big budget for your trip, as the prices for hotels are peeking this time of year…
We hope you all had a great christmas – we will never forget 2013 – will you always remember what you did this year?