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Be Here Now

Christmas is basically the best thing to ever happen to planet Earth.

I mean that in every sense of the word: we have a Savior thanks to Christmas. Also we have lights and trees and garland and happiness. People just seem happier this time of year.

One of my favorite things about NYC is how this city shows up for Christmas. I first visited around Thanksgiving when I was 13, and I just remember the size of everything. It all seemed so magnificent and big. The buildings are big. The stores are big. The Christmas trees are big.

There’s one tree in particular that is really big. Rockefeller Center is always one of my favorite places (go ahead, judge me for the waning tourist & poor New Yorker that I am!) But at Christmas, even Rockefeller outdoes itself.

I was at a holiday party last night near Times Square and as I headed for the 1 train I realized how close I was to the tree. Without hesitating I changed my path to go and stare at it. I knew it would be crowded; it’s freezing cold. But I had to get a glimpse and this weeknight was my perfect chance.

I was composing my Instagram caption as I walked (ahem. you do it, too) and was almost embarrassingly excited about this excursion.

As soon as I arrived at the tree I pulled my phone from my coat to snap a few pictures. Selfies aren’t always my thing, but I was about to make an exception. I snapped one of the tree before the annoying pinwheel surprisingly popped up – my phone battery was finished for the day.

Crap. I immediately turned on my heels to leave. To go home after looking at the tree for all of 5 seconds when I had excitedly braved the cold and extra 10 minute walk for this.

I was a few feet into my return when I realized what I had done. Just because I can’t take a picture doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Ouch! When did I stop believing that? Thankfully I realized this and returned to my post to stare at everyone’s favorite Christmas tree for several great, cold minutes. Everyone around me was from out of town, just as excited as me to see all the lights and take in its’ size. I soaked up their energy and awe of NYC while we shared an amazing sight to behold.

I’m grateful I had this realization. I am not criticizing social media – that would be too easy and very short-sighted. Rather I am thankful for the reminder that moderation is a very good thing.

While soaking up this favorite season in my favorite city, I’m pausing to take it all in. Even if I am the only one who sees it.


I mean, isn’t it just beautiful?

Thankfully I caught one good photo before the incident. Merry Christmas, friends, from NYC to wherever you find yourself this season. -EL

Day 70: Teresa Stopped by NYC! #366pics

This woman of God has made such an impact in my life and she’s still investing in the lives if students. So glad I got to see her briefly!


Day 68: Brunch Makes Goodbyes Bearable #366pics

Wayne & I hit up Tom’s in my neighborhood before he left. It we D-Lish (obvi) though I was quite sad to see him go.


Day 67: LES with @wayneomite #366pics

When Wayne was here we hit up Barramundi in the LES. I love their interesting use of ginger in drinks. And I especially live hanging out with my brother.


Day 66: Exploring Brooklyn is best with a brother #366pics


Day 65: @wayneomite visited me!

Wayne came to NYC and we explored the West Village a bit. I found this coffee shop where I’d gone with Kara about 4 years ago before I moved here and liked it just as much as before!


Day 64: I love it how everyone visits #NYC #366pics

My friend Lauren and I have known eacch other since middle school, and she’s now teaching in GA. We met up in my neighborhood for some Thai food followed by the Bearded Lady (the best bar in Prospect Heights). ’twas lovely to see you, my friend! Let’s not wait 8 years to make it happen again.


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