Postcard of Christmas in New York City

December 18, 2014 in New York City

I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas decorations, Christmas music or just general Christmas spirit. Even though my family was super festive growing up, with decorations inside and out, I’ve never really gotten into on my own. Part of it comes from that minimalist travel mindset of not buying more stuff (and where to store it?), part of it is the frugality of spending money on said stuff, and part of it is really just not caring that much. I think some of that might change once I have kids or am a little more settled in a bigger place (although I did love these tips on bringing holiday cheer in a tiny apartment), but for right now: my holiday decorations are limited to a chocolate advent calendar and a bouquet of red and white flowers on the kitchen table.

Christmas spirit in New York City

Even though my apartment is free of Christmas spirit, New York City is FULL of it! I’ve been loving all of the wreaths on doors, poinsettias on porches, giant trees in parks, intricate displays in windows and general Christmas cheer across the city. I actually turned on a Christmas playlist and listened to it on a long walk through a very crowded Midtown on Saturday to see the Rockefeller Center tree and peek into the Bergdorf Goodman windows: it was so much fun!

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Christmas in New York City

What’s your favorite photo of Christmas in the city? 

  • They’re all great, but I really like the first one!

  • camorose

    That’s my favorite too! :)

  • Briel79

    I’m the opposite of you. I usually put my decorations up right after Thanksgiving and they don’t come down until after the new year. It is kind of a pain to store everything though! I also have a string of white lights up year round. I like how cozy it can feel with only the lights lit some nights.

    Here’s my little tree. http://instagram.com/p/v935cDMwyY Anything larger and my cats will try to climb it and knock it over. 😛

    Huge fake present on my wall :) http://instagram.com/p/wdFH3msw7G

    I like the first photo and the one of the tree in Washington Square Park. So pretty!

  • Hayley Simpson

    I love the tree through the arch – so perfectly New York City. Merry Christmas!

  • Haha I have also been feeling like a scrooge this year, ESPECIALLY with the Christmas music. Enough already! I’ve also been feeling the minimalism lately; I don’t really NEED any other items, and I don’t WANT to store them. I’m hoping to get a few nice things (e.g. new Sperry shoes, a watch) that can simply replace old, wornout items instead of actually getting NEW things. :)

  • That last photo speaks to me, I like it a whole lot!
    My apartment doesn’t have any Christmas decorations either; I rely on the family to have all the decorations I need to see for the holiday season.

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  • camorose

    Your tree is so cute! I have some Christmas flowers up and a string of white lights, so that’s just enough for me :) I love the idea of putting out a basket of pinecones or some Christmas foliage that doesn’t have to be stored the rest of the year though!

  • camorose

    Yes! So Christmas-y!

  • camorose

    YES. 100% YES. I only asked for things that I genuinely want/need–aka a pair of warm fuzzy slippers to wear around the house and some nice warm socks (so that I can throw out some old socks!). I’m right there with you, lady!

  • camorose

    Yes! I bet my boyfriend’s family will have enough Christmas spirit to make up for my lack of it!

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