Tonight was the annual lighting of the Montauk Lighthouse — thousands of festive white lights, that is — the official kickoff of the holiday season.
As you can see, the lighthouse is pretty impressive on an average day. It was recently named a National Historical Landmark — only the 12th lighthouse to earn this distinction.
(A historian on the grounds tonight shared this tidbit.)
The lighting ceremony was scheduled from 4:30-7:00pm, and it was conveniently dark by 4:20pm. And cold — really cold. But the organizers made us stand around and shiver until 5:30pm.
It was totally worth it.
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You know that old-fashioned ribbon candy you sometimes find at Christmas?
Turns out it’s not inspired by ribbons at all.
It’s the spitting image of the bird’s nest fern (left).
I’m not a big plant-and-flowers kinda gal, but I think this one is a beauty.
And much like candy — which attaches itself to your hips and thighs upon ingestion — the bird’s nest fern attaches itself and grows upon another plant or a building.
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My sister and her husband stayed home last night — on a Friday night, no less — to watch the sci-fi classic Serenity starring Nathan Fillion.
It was a gift from me.
Not the movie itself — I’m sure they caught the film on Netflix or Hulu. No, their fascination with ‘all things Fillion’ started during their Christmas vacation with me here in New York City.
I took them to a Broadway show. To Jazz at Lincoln Center. To movies and restaurants and shops. Santa even visited my apartment.
But the gift that has continued to ‘keep on giving?’ An impromptu Castle marathon on the last day of their trip, when we all agreed that lying on the couch sounded like fun.
The day Lou and Chuck discovered the charms of Nathan Fillion.
Now they are catching up on episodes of Castle and learning all about his past as Captain Mal in Firefly and Serenity.
I love to watch an obsession come together!
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Tagged Broadway show, Captain Mal, Castle marathon, Castle tv show, celebrities, Christmas, entertainment, family, Firefly tv show, gift that keeps on giving, Holiday, Hulu, Humor, I really am ruggedly handsome, Jazz at Lincoln Center, life, Nathan Fillion, Netflix, New York City, obsession, sci-fi, Serenity movie, Television, TV
Exhibit A: 2013 Sock Monkey Calendar
Purchased December 30, 2012. Brand new. Twelve month-themed sock monkey images contained within imaginative and in excellent condition.
Fun year ahead — check.
Exhibit B: Rory with Sock Monkey
Given to Rory on Christmas Eve 2012. Brand new. Ball on Santa hat chewed off within moments of gifting.
Hat destroyed — check.
Relationship with sock monkey secured — double check.
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Tagged 2013, animals, checking it twice, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Dogs, family, gifting, holidays, Humor, life, Relationships, santa, Santa hat, sock monkey, sock monkey calendar, toys
Christmas is over.
Time to leave your comfy food coma and re-engage your brain. Here’s a test to see how you are doing –
What is the person/place/thing pictured at left?
Place your guesses in the comments section. The first correct response will receive the satisfaction of being 1) right and 2) first.
Posted in Commentary, Design, Entertainment, Holiday
Tagged Christmas, commentary, comments, design, food coma, guess, holidays, Humor, life
As I sit and watch Christmas Vacation for the second time this holiday season, one name is foremost in my mind…
I had forgotten — or did I ever realize? — that Johnny Galecki, Leonard on The Big Bang Theory, portrays Clark Griswold’s son Russ in the holiday cult classic. He was only 13 when Vacation was made in 1989.
24 years ago? Really??
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Tagged bazinga, celebrities, Christmas, Christmas Vacation movie, Clark Griswold, cult classic, entertainment, holidays, Humor, Johnny Galecki, Leonard, life, Movies, Rusty, The Big Bang Theory, TV
I like to do things a little differently.
But would I have the guts to have a Christmas tree…
…that was upside down?
This whackadoodle pre-lit fir tree is available on Hammacher Schlemmer. They trace its origins back to a 12th century Central European tradition of hanging a tree from the ceiling at Christmas.
Its unique shape also allows you to place your tree in small places, since the base is its narrowest point.
It kinda makes sense for someone like me — a New York City apartment dweller with very limited floor space. But just looking at it makes me a bit dizzy. I start having Poseidon Adventure flashbacks (and who wants to think about that film over the holidays?).
No, I think I will stick with my the traditional Christmas tree for now. And keep my dinner down.
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Tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, design, Hammacher Schlemmer, Holiday, home, Humor, life, New York City, Poseidon Adventure movie, pre-lit tree, shopping, upside down Christmas tree
Nothing makes the season bright like a sense of humor.
Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall, Tokyo Japan
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Tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, Godzilla, Holiday, Humor, Japan, life, shopping, shopping mall, Tokyo, Travel
I finally put up my Christmas decorations today.
Just made it under the wire.
I’m not usually this tardy. But a slew of business travel in December left me only two days to prep the apartment for the holidays.
My Christmas decor is much like my day-to-day — contemporary, with graphic patterns and solid colors. But there are a couple of pieces from my childhood that still make the cut.
One is a vintage tabletop sleigh complete with Santa, elf, reindeer and — best of all — a sack of toys with real toys inside. They are teeny tiny things, probably saved from Cracker Jack prizes (back when they were actually cool) and party favors.
We always loved knowing that there was real loot in that tiny bag. But we weren’t surprised…
Santa — even the tabletop variety — always comes through.
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It’s the weekend before Christmas…
And someone is playing with the photo editor on their phone.
It’s just a tiny tree on the dresser in my bedroom. But with a few minor adjustments, I have created an icy winter wonderland.
(But my toes are still toasty warm!)
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Tagged cell phone, Christmas, Christmas tree, holidays, Humor, ice, photo editor, photography, winter wonderland