Ruth & I have been lucky enough to spend 2 Christmases in New York City. The first was fun and the 2nd bordered on very difficult.
The 1st time was about 10 years ago. We decided to spend some pre-Christmas time in The Big Apple with two of my 3 sisters. We went to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illumination ceremony, saw the Met’s Neapolitan angels, enjoyed the seasonal windows in some now closed stores, and saw The Rockettes, who got their start in St. Louis, in their Radio City Music Hall Christmas show. Unfortunately, my seat was behind the man with the biggest head in the universe, so I missed part of the show. It was, however, a once in a lifetime opportunity as it turned out.
We were there after Christmas on the 2nd occasion. We met some Australian friends and their New York family for holiday festivities. We tried to see the Radio City Music Hall show again but simply could not get tickets. We saw a Broadway comedy instead and laughed our heads off. It was uncommon fun and very festive to be with them in New York for Christmas. The problem developed after our time together. We were looking forward to watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. We did not realize that the crowd for this was monumental and that it began building a few days before the actual event. It became so intense that we left for home early when we had the chance to escape the growing crowd. We do not regret missing out on this.
I am wondering how two 2020 events might affect this Christmas season in New York City. Because of COVID and the stay-at-home atmosphere it created, we have heard that Times Square, which used to be so tourist friendly, has emptied. How that might affect the New Year’s Eve celebration we missed remains to be seen. Secondly, New York City saw more snow during this week’s snowfall than it experienced all of last season. Eleven inches of snow fell on The Bronx, and Central Park was covered with 6 1/2 inches. Under normal circumstances, this City is good at snow removal. It did snow while we visited with the Australian family as New Year’s Eve approached, and it was never a problem. This year, however, is difficult and different. How additional snow and COVID could affect the traditional New Year’s Eve live celebration from New York City is not yet known. I don’t even know if the ball will drop this year as it has in the past to inaugurate 2021. This annual event’s organizers claim that it will occur “visually, virtually and safely” whatever that means to end this strange year in our history.