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Monday, December 14, 2009

Getting in to the City

I was happy to finally get to the Big Apple a couple of times before Thanksgiving. I went to the Met to see the Vermeer show, which was wonderful, of course, and the gem in that show was "The Milkmaid", which I had failed to see in Amsterdam last winter. The next trip was with Dean to see the Christmas show at Radio City. You can certainly see why they call it a "Spectacular". The Rockettes take my breath away with their sheer perfection. We LOVE the 3-D sleighride with Santa through the streets of New York, but the best part of the show, every year, is the living Nativity scene, complete with sheep and a camel. It's hard to believe in this Humanistic age that they still read the story from Luke. Just about every one around us was crying at the end when the 3 Kings and shepherds lift their arms to Heaven, as everyone sings"Hark the Herald Angels Sing". After the show we walked around and looked at the amazing decorating of some of the stores. Unfortunately Bergdorf's wasn't up and ready yet, but Anthropologie was like a museum installation! I talked to one of the young artists putting finishing touches on a display, and learned that there is a design team for each store and once a month they brainstorm how to use recycled stuff to make art and then change all the decs in the store. Look what they can do with stttyrofoam cups!
After Anthro [ where I did buy a little something for Crickett]we moseied on over to McKenzie-Childs to check out their Christmas decor. Wild,whimsical and festive. Wouldn't want that look in my home necessarily, but I just love to look it every time I go to their store. And I must get more birch trees in the mudroom!

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