Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Twelve Days of Christmas Ornaments! Day One: Empire State Building

For the Twelve Days of Christmas, I have decided to share some of my Christmas ornaments and the story behind them!


This is a cheap Made in China resin version of the Empire State Building in all its Christmas glory. I got this last year (Or was it 2 years ago?!) when Erin and I went to NYC on a day trip on a Greyhound (not something either of us would recommend). It was the coldest. day. ever. It was absolutely freezing. We went to see the Rockefeller Center tree and the windows at Macy's and Saks along with every other human in the Western world. It was insane and not that enjoyable until we found a sweet tea room in the Upper East Side. (We still have dreams about those scones.) 

At night, at I believe my insistence, we decided to go to the top of the Empire State Building. Though I'd been to NY quite a few times, I never quite made it there (or the Statue of Liberty for that matter). The line was insane and further proof that things are never like you see in the movies. We missed our bus and would have to take the last one out. However, we made it up, and the view was indeed amazing. However, it was FREEZING. I cannot explain exactly how awfully cold it was. It was bitter biting cold blowing against us from all sides at a high altitude. Like millions of tiny needles simultaneously pricking you all over your body. But, I still couldn't stop looking at the city lights and the impressive grid of streets. I love NY and love deco buildings and seeing things from the sky. It was pure enchantment. Of course, there was a bus to catch and limbs to preserve. So, I went inside and bought this cheap ornament. We made it to the last bus at which point, 2 pushy ladies cut in front of us. We were cut off from getting on the last bus by, you guessed it, those two women. Fortunately, Greyhound added a bus and all was relatively well. We swore on the NJ Turnpike we'd never bus it again, no matter how inexpensive it was!

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