Every year, the boyfriend (now fiance!) and I decide to forego presents for each other at Christmastime in exchange for spending a day together doing Christmasy things around the city. We’d rather have an experience and create memories than buy each other material things. And to be honest, it’s so much better because I remember our experiences together year after year and they have become really special memories. Meanwhile, I can’t remember what anyone got me for Christmas 3 or 4 years ago!
This year, we kept with the tradition by going down to Bryant Park on Saturday afternoon. It was extra special going there this year, right after we got engaged there the previous weekend! We went back and watched the ice skaters (didn’t see anyone get engaged though!), took a few pics in front of the Christmas tree, and dipped into Celsius, the pop-up restaurant/bar for a drink. Normally, we would get some sort of hot beverage to warm up, but since we were walking around without coats on a 60-something degree December day, we opted for Moscow Mules.
It was fun to talk about how we just got engaged last weekend, and to start thinking (a little bit) about what we’d want for our wedding. We had a little buzz going on from the drinks, and decided to head up 6th Ave. past Rockefeller Center. Good thing we walked by there and saw the tree the previous weekend (after the proposal!), because it was an insane mob of people, and we wouldn’t have been able to get close to the tree! Just walking up the sidewalk in such a sea of people gave me anxiety, and we decided to get past the crowds to a calmer spot.
So we walked up to Columbus Circle, which, while I’m sure is not really on anyone’s list of must-see’s in NYC at Christmas, has become part of the tradition for us. We ended up there one year and went in to warm up and get hot cocoa, and since they have a pretty cool light show display, we now go back to see it again year after year. We made a pit stop at Bouchon Bakery to pick up some macarons while there because we needed a little pick-me-up at this point!
After we felt ready to walk again, we headed across the street to Central Park. Since it was such a gorgeous night out, we decided to walk home through the park. We stopped for a bit to watch the ice skaters there (one day we’ll have to go skating in Central Park), and then through the other side of the park and up Madison Ave.
We had dinner reservations for a late dinner at one of our favorite places, Drunken Munkey. Going there also reminds me of Christmastime, because one of the first time’s we ever went there was after the boyfriend’s company holiday party 2 years ago. Their food is so so good (chicken tikka massala is a favorite), and they have the most amazing cocktails (I love their Dark and Stormy). It was the perfect ending to such a wonderful day.
Year after year we visit Bryant Park, grab a drink at Celsius, and head to Columbus Circle, and that has become our tradition and I love it. This year was the first year we did all that as an engaged couple, and I look forward to doing it again next year – as a married couple! 🙂 Until next year!