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.