Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I Need a Little Christmas

 
TheTree in front ot the NYC Stock Exchange
 
This has been a hard holiday season between the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, Conneticut, but as always, life must go on. That is the nature of acceptance, healing and optimism. There is always the hope that things will get better and that love and good deeds will conquer evil.  As Christmas approaches I find the wonderful holiday scenes in New York City very uplifting.  What better way to feel a little Christmas spirit return to my heart than partake in the note card party of Vee's at her blog "A Haven for Vee" and post some of these photos from past Christmases?
 
 
6th Ave and Ave of the Americas
 
Macy's at 34th Street
 

The birth of Jesus
stained glass window in St. Patrick's Church, Bayshore, Long Island


I hope you will visit Vee's blog and enjoy the four note card photos she posted and the links to all the blogs participating this week!


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43 comments:

Pat said...

Beautiful post Pat, in words as well as images.

From the Kitchen said...

Thanks for sharing a little Christmas!

Best,
Bonnie

Kathleen said...

Beautiful notecards, Pat! If you need a little Christmas come see my Seasonal Sunday post, pics of our party with the little ones. We had a live Nativity, and two baby Santas!

ARLENE said...

Thank you for your beautiful photos and your words of wisdom. It has certainly been a difficult year.

Barbara F. said...

I know you understand, Pat, and Christmas in New York is very, very magical. Wish you had posted a few more pics, I will have to stroll through your archives. Merry Christmas to you and Vinnie, and the Colorado kids and baby-to-be, a great way to start a new year! xo

Barbara F. said...

I know you understand, Pat, and Christmas in New York is very, very magical. Wish you had posted a few more pics, I will have to stroll through your archives. Merry Christmas to you and Vinnie, and the Colorado kids and baby-to-be, a great way to start a new year! xo

Vee said...

Stunning! It would be hard to pick a favorite, though I can do it. Should I? Will you be shocked? I just love the second one with the water looking like liquid gold and those red ornaments stacked there with the sign for Radio City Music Hall in the background. The Macy's building speaks to me next. Your photography is fantastic. You should be winning prizes!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful and well said words as well as photos Pat. Merry Christmas to you.
Sam

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gorgeous pics Pat! I love the Believe and wish you a wonderful Christmas:@)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous work. lovely. send them right away. i am sold. ha. ha!! new york really does it up for the holidays. it has been to long since i have visited there for the holidays. need to do that asap.

i love the last for sure. you are not kidding when we need our faith so much this year & lately. wow. perfect. Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year in 2013. big hugs. ( :

Beth said...

Hi Pat, These photos are works of art! A beautiful slice of an NYC Christmas! I really love the one with the oversize ornaments on the water feature. It is just amazing. Merry Christmas, Pat.

The Gathering Place said...

This year has had some really tough moments, hasn't it? I truly hope the next year is filled with sweet blessings for all. Have a great Christmas!

Carol Z said...

Fabulous pictures. I've been sapped of energy and haven't gotten around to Rockefeller Center or Macy's. I'm enjoying simple pleasures of spending time with friends. Sending Christmas greetings to you.

ellen b. said...

These would all make beautiful note cards for sure! Blessings...

Betsy Brock said...

I agree...we could all use a little Christmas spirit...and no city does it quite like NYC!

Claudia said...

Beautiful, Pat.

Pam Rios said...

Hi! I popped over from Vee's. I just discovered her blog tonight and her Note Card Party. I'm glad I stumbled upon it all! Your photos are wonderful My aunt just called me last night as she had just returned from a week of touring NYC. She loved Times Square and all the other places she was able to make it to. I'd love to visit your city at Christmas sometime!

Happyone said...

Your photos make beautiful note cards.

Yvette said...

Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. I need a little Christmas too, Pat. What a sad time.

GardenofDaisies said...

Very uplifting photos to help get through the tough times. That stained glass window is sooooo beautiful. Wishing you a happy Christmas.

Teacups and Tiskets said...

Hello there.
The sign on the Macy's building is great, thanks for sharing.

The photograph of the red balls is stunning.

cheers
Fi

The vintage folk painter
http://www.thevintagefolkpainter.com

Mrs.Rabe said...

Beautiful!

We have a small retail store in Lancaster, PA and we come into the city about once a month to buy.

We went just for fun the week of Christmas last year, and had a great day!


I hope your Christmas is Merry.

Deanna

Maryann said...

Fantastic photos, all would make great note cards

Jenny said...

Believe.

What a powerful message for such an introspective time of year.

Catherine Holman said...

These are so amazing! Such beautiful photography!

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

So beautiful, Pat, and very much needed. Thank you. Best wishes to you and yours for a lovely (tho low-key) holiday. Next year will be a true Christmas in the Rockies! Happy holidays AND happy trails as you soon head out west!

Sheila said...

Wishing you all the best this Christmas Pat! I hope all those who are still in need after hurricane Sandy will get the assistance they need and experience the good will of those New Yorkers who are more fortunate. Your photos show the spirit of New York!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Very uplifting Pat. We need it this year.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

We all need to cherish the season with our loved ones and hold them tight. Lovely photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful note cards and perfect words of hope Pat! Thank you.

annie said...

Most of my life was spent just across the water, a simple 25 minute drive into the city and I rarely went except to visit Brentanos Books when it was there.
I so want to make the trek in to see the decorations. Maybe next year.
Glad for the photos Pat!

Pamela Gordon said...

Pat, these are beautiful photos. I love the angle of the ball ornaments with Radio City in the background. Having been there and seeing that very sight makes me smile. :) Great choices. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Pamela

podso said...

Just beautiful Pat! What festive cards they would make!

Lorrie Orr said...

Such beautiful photos of New York, a city that seems to do things spectacularly well. I really like those gigantic ornaments - very striking.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Outstanding photography as always Pat !
Do you think you will have reason to be in NY for Christmas once you nestle into CO?

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos, Pat! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Tracy said...

Last week's tragedy still sits heavy in the heart, doesn't it? Today was the first I was finally able to speak of it at my blog. Thank you so much for all this beauty and much needed lift, Pat. I have a post /photo to publish on Monday, but I will be away form the pc sometimes next week to enjoy some festive time with family & friends. Happy Holidays to you & yours, my friend ! ((HUGS))

Riet said...

What a beautiful post Pat, your photo´s and words speak to me. Yes, life must go on but it is hard for the people who are left with their losses don´t you think? I hope they still can celebrate Christmas.
Happy Christmas my friend.

Donna said...

Those are just lovely! I you just reminded me that I have a stained glass photo in my archives that I need to process!

Vickie said...

Hi Pat - Just now getting round to everyone at the Note Card Party. I love these photos from New York. I can't wait to visit NYC one of these days. And you're moving away from this beautiful place, I hear! Well, I'm looking forward to your new adventure in Colorado!
Merry Christmas!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Pat,

These photos are glorious and certainly fill every bit of needing a little Christmas.

I think we all struggle this season with the sadness that Hurricane Sandy and the evil act that took place in Newtown Connecticut.

Yesterday we stood waiting with my new Grandson to see Santa. There were so many little ones around us as we waited. I teared up thinking about the little ones who had lost their lives.

Yet, if we can remember all of the wonderful people who came to help after the hurricane, restoring our hope in people; and know that we all pray and feel the compassion for Newtown...somehow it makes this Christmas all about what Christmas should be.

We need to be the light for those who need our support. We are all together in one spirit.

Wishing you and your family a beautiful Christmas. You have been a light in my life all year long.

Karen

Sue said...

I really enjoyed seeing the sites of NY in your post, Pat. Hope all is going well with your packing and the move out west. Enjoy a lovely Christmas holiday! hugs, Sue

Annesphamily said...

Pat your words are perfect for all the sadness going on in our country and yet your love of your new and former home is so wonderful. Thanks for simply being you!