Welcome to the Chocolate Chip Guide to Christmas 2011....
We've made our list and checked it twice...
Here are a few of our favorite things of the holiday season:
Our favorite television programs......
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Truly a classic!! My brother, cousin and I used to ROFL watching those kids rock out to Schroeder's tunes on the piano!!! I know EVERY dance- Do you? Now even my 7 year old even joins in!
It's not Christmas until my mother hears Linus respond to Charlie Brown's plea:
"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"
Check it out on hulu now:
The Sound of Music
"The hills are alive....."
I absolutely LOVE watching the Sound of Music which traditionally airs the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The music, the songs, great plot and story line...Just LOVE it!
Watch this classic and sing all the songs with the children.
New addition to our 2011 guide..."It's a Wonderful Life" The timeless classic starring Jimmy Stewart helps us to reassess what's truly important in life. You can usually catch it on Christmas Eve.
Alvin Ailey- Revelations
"I've been 'buked and I've been scorned...."
Sinner Man, Fix Me Jesus, I Wanna Be Ready, Wadin' in the Water.....I LOVE every movement of this signature classic of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Without a doubt my most favorite activity of the season! So excited to be taking my 7 year old ballerina for the first time this year.
At least one tear (who am I kidding, MANY) will find its way down my cheek as I watch mesmerized by the strength, beauty, fire, power, joy and grace of this American classic set to the Negro spirituals. Revelations touches my soul every time!
Catch Ailey at the New York City Center now thru January 1, 2012. You won't regret it.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Whether you see the NYC Ballet perform George Balachine's The Nutcracker (I promise to treat myself in 2012) http://www.nycballet.com/ticketing/2011nuts.html (thru December 31st) or a local more modest production, the story of Clara and her most favorite Christmas gift set to Tchaikovsky's score is not to be missed.
The 20th Anniversary Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens
Thru Jan 9, 2012 up in the Bronx where the people are fresh...(my hometown). Check out what is without a doubt the BEST way to see NYC!
March of The Wooden Soldiers
As performed by the Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City thru January 2, 2012
Ah this brings back such fond memories of my high school years....Shout out to Cardinal Spellman's Flag Corps who perform it annually http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/newyork/index.html
And the traditional NYC spots....
The Tree at Rockefeller Center
Check out the tree and watch the skaters and while you're there watch the Christmas Light Show across the street that beams off of the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Although we've yet to brave the cold and long wait at Rockefeller Center, your local ice skating rink will certainly do the trick. We're particularly impressed with World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Cororna Park
Nothing follows ice skating better than...
Hot cocoa in a mug!
For 2011 we've added a new Westchester spot to our fav list.
And don't forget Spencer's secret ingredient: a dash of cinnamon
MarieBelle Soho: The Cacao Bar
484 Broome St, between Wooster St and West Broadway
Simply divine European-style Aztec Hot Chocolate- YUMMMMMM!!!!
Cocoa Chocolate Shop
2107A Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY 10538
Check out Mommy Poppins Ultimate NYC Hot Chocolate Crawl for other spots throughout the city
Don't forget to add Your Personal Touch...
A warm gathering of family and friends. Potluck with the girls night out crew or your neighbors. In all the "busy"ness of our demanding schedules make sure you make time to share joy with those you love.
Your signature holiday dish
Like my Aunt Nora's cookies! Mine is CHEESECAKE!! Ask my husband, the kids, their pediatrician (even her husband and staff put in their requests) and teachers...
I only whip them up for the holidays which makes them an extra special treat!
I'm also known for my Gingerbread Waffles (thanks Rachel Ray).
Share you speciality with the Chocolate Chip family:)
and finally but FOREMOST...
The Reason for the Season: Celebrate the birth of Christ
Join our church family. Your invitation is open and endless!
Christian Cultural Center
12020 Flatlands Avenue Brooklyn, NY
Whatever you do make this blessed and joyous holiday season an extra special one for you and your family.
From our family to yours,
Prospero ano y felicidad!
Wishing you prosperity and happiness in the New Year!