As am sure everyone knows, Christmas is usually our time we spend traveling all across the states to visit family. This Christmas was quite different. Besides us not racking up any airline points we also didn't have any visitors with us. This was our very first Christmas spent with just the three of us. Needless to say I got extremely anxious about this. I was worried that our holiday would be awful because it wasn't our typical one. Well it was definitely different but it was a new memory for us to keep. Family- if you're reading this that doesn't mean that our Christmas was better here in the city but under the circumstance it was the best it could be! Don't worry we still want you with us next year!! Here's a little outline of our holiday.
Late Christmas Cards
Yes, are you really surprised? The weeks leading up to Christmas were quite the disaster. Work work work. Sebastian was working crazy hours and I was too. I tried really hard to pull it all together with gifting, William's school party, and just our normal housework. A little fact- when living in a building in NYC that has a doorman you're given a long list of all the workers to gift them for the year. Very stressful. I'm not going to lie, a couple nights after I put William to sleep I cried. I cried because I was so sad that our families are so far away. Sebastian of course helped me realize it wasn't going to be like this every year. On top of all of the chaos, I completely forgot about our Christmas cards. I quickly made them and had a rush delivery. Once delivered, I realized I accidently only ordered 5 cards!! So, another order was indeed placed. I snapped a pic of our card and posted it for everyone to see and well apologize for our very late card this year!
I was so excited to have Christmas Eve off of work. Poor Sebastian came home at 4 AM and then had the hardest time falling asleep. When we were all awake we set off to explore holiday lights and get in the holiday spirit. First on our list was to explore the Macy's in Herald Square. The night before I tried to sign us up for the express line to see Santa but they were closed. So we thought we'd just walk around the store just to see their decorations. What actually ended up happening was we got in line to see Santa. What we didn't know was that it was going to take FOREVER. I couldn't break William's heart so we waited in that line for 1.5 hours. Which was hardly a wait compared to other parents who had waited 3 hours. I will say the line was huge but was filled with tv screens that would lead Christmas carols and cheerful elves that Sebastian couldn't stand. The wait was crazy but William's little face lit up when he got to sit on Santa's lap. Sebastian and I were in shock when we got up to see Santa and realized the room is filled with 4 separate spaces where each has a different Santa. William couldn't tell the difference so he was still content. Although, I actually think he was just excited about the trains that were set up in Santa Land. It was beautiful but I think it's a one time thing we will do and can't say we're going to wait every single year.
Our day continued with laughs, food, movies, and family time. Exactly what we needed. When walking around the city we realized how lucky and thankful we should be for our life in the city. The year has been crazy but a wonderful adventure.
The problem came when it was time for bedtime. Of course, William didn't want to go to sleep. We tried and tried but he insisted on tracking Santa. Instead of staying up to wrap presents, we all went to sleep.
The morning of Christmas we woke up quite early to wrap the rest of the presents. Once done, we waited and waited. William wasn't waking up. I was so excited for him to wake up that I would randomly yell his name (which Sebastian wasn't happy about). Once awake, he rushed to the tree. He ripped every present very carefully. The presents that were toys he wanted to open right then but the clothes he pushed to the side (surprise surprise).
His favorites: the coding caterpillar, magnetic taxi, fancy little car, binoculars, Paw Patrol plane, Thomas Train set , and reptile slime.
Our morning was spent opening presents and then playing with them. Around lunch time we decided to all get ready and head out for the day. We hadn't made reservations and agreed we'd explore to see what was open. Plus we honestly wanted to see who was out and about in the city. Earlier in the week I had read that Bubby's was going to be open. We constantly walk by this restaurant but the line is out the door..ALWAYS. When we walked past Bubby's it actually didn't seem that crowded. We checked the wait and it was only 30min. Done and done. We waited. When seated we were thrilled. They have a kids menu and the place is just quite cozy. One of our new favorite restaurants. They also have an amazing menu of cocktails. Sebastian's face obviously lite up. The music is awesome as well. The vibe felt like we were over at a family members home. Loved it! We had amazing food (it was so comforting), laughs, drinks, and family time. Pure luck.
As we started walking home William quickly started to crash. Yes, below is him freaking out because Target was closed. He cried for a good 15min for Target. The child loves Target. When we returned, we spent our evening watching movies and playing with William. It was perfect. We were so very exhausted it was just what we needed.
Bedtime was actually easy. William cuddled up with us and his binoculars and passed out in our bed. It was the perfect ending to a day full of toys, food, drinks, and family time. Advice if you're spending your Christmas in the city, be flexible. Nothing has to be perfect! No matter where you are you make your own traditions.