Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kicking Off The Holidays

I'm in holiday mode. I know its not even Thanksgiving yet, but after spending a great day with my mom on Saturday in Pittsburgh its impossible to not be in the swing of things.

Big T and I headed to Pittsburgh early on Saturday. Spending the day with my mom was all sorts of wonderful. My mom and I are close, but stepping out of our normal everyday routine was really nice. We were able to have one of those talks that we only seem to have when we're in the car together.



We took in an absolutely amazing Christmas Spectacular by the Radio City Rockettes at the Benedum Center. I fell in love with this show several years ago after first seeing it in New York City, but honestly, finally sharing it with my mom made it all that much better. The show is truly for all ages and for the entirety of the show I was swept away into the magic of Christmas. I sat like a child on the edge of my seat watching it all unfold before me. The show went by much too quickly. From the classic wooden solider scene showcasing the precision of the choreography, to the iconic NYC one, to the captivating living nativity complete with live animals, I was completely lost in all aspects of the artistry. Both the wooden solider and living nativity scene have been in the show since 1933.



After the show, mom and I wandered over to PPG Place which is Pittsburgh's answer to Rockefeller Plaza. The huge Christmas tree, surrounded by a skating rink, provided the backdrop for many people choosing to spend the late evening just milling around taking it all in or casually strolling past the hundreds of gingerbread houses in the window fronts. The rest of Pittsburgh was bathed in the soft glow of lights (Light Up Night had been the night before) from majestic wreaths on the front of buildings, to old fashioned light posts draped in lights and evergreen, to window fronts elaborately decorated.



Everything just seems more beautiful and magical this time of year. I'm really excited to be kicking off the holidays. Maybe its a feeling of nostalgia that comes over me, but I do really believe that people are a little bit nicer to each other this time of year; that people maybe go out of their way a little bit more for their fellow man; that during the holiday season we all tap into our inner child to just believe in the spirit of the season.

16 comments:

Mrs. Potts said...

What a wonderful time with your mom! I want to plan something special like that with my mom.

Vanessa said...

Looks like fun!

I picked up my first carton of eggnog yesterday. Officially in the holiday spirit. :P

Kyla Roma said...

Oh my gosh, it looks like a dream! I need to see New York at Christmas and London at Christmas in my life. I can see why you're in the spirit already! =)

nory said...

Gorgeous photos! I'm glad you had such a lovely time; I'm also envious of your hair! So beautiful.

And I totally agree with you on the spirit of the holiday affecting us all. I'm feeling it!

Little Fish said...

I'm so glad that you had such a good time.

I'm super excited too because lights and decorations have been going up here for the last couple of weeks! In all the places I've travelled and all of the cities I've lived in, New York City at Holiday time is still my favorite place on earth.

Elle Bee... said...

Hooray! I'm so glad you got to finally experience this with your wonderful mom. Looks gorgeous.

I'm having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit since it's all rainy and not nearly as cold as I've gotten used to. When I get back to the snow in Edmonton though it will be a whirlwind attempting to get ready for the holidays. Eeep.

Ray said...

I really have been wanting to see the Rockettes Christmas show!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Awww, looks like you guys had a great time! Yay!!

Me and my mom seem to have the BEST talks when we're driving in the car together, too :)

Pam said...

The holidays make me so happy!

I am so glad you and your mom had such a fun time together. What a cute picture of the two of you!

Kay* said...

aww that sounds like such a special time...i really should do something like that with my mom.

& i agree with you. this time of year, with all the sparkley lights...it's just so magical.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That's a great photo of you & your mom!

I also love the spirit around the holidays. Everyone is just more full of joy & anticipation! I can't wait to start decorating my condo!

chickbug said...

Last weekend it was like a little light bulb went off in my head and I am all the sudden REALLY in the holiday spirit. Maybe you sent me your holiday vibes from your trip!

awmb said...

This looks so dreamy!

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

you look so pretty in that pic mandy with your mom - that's a framer!

walkingonsunshine18 said...

Awww how cute are you and your Mom! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Bayjb said...

I love that picture of you and your mom. You both look gorgeous! What a great trip, it sounds like so much fun and I love the decorations!