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People often say that a major drawback to city living is that the stars are never visible.  I have found this to be completely untrue.  Sure, the sky may not light your way home, but that doesn’t mean that celestial magic isn’t all around.

Like so many things in life, all you have to do is pay attention.  Just look up.

Waking up in the back seat after a nap at the tail end of a day-long road trip, I was compelled to look upward to the New Jersey sky.  There was a luminous moon, three-quarters full, with an amber halo around it.  A smattering of stars, actually many more than usual, were shimmering like skyward gems.  Pillows of clouds playfully moved across the sky, first obscuring the stars, then revealing them.  Lights from planes twinkled in between the stars.

Light is all around us if we just look for it.

I love the holidays, despite not being a winter lover.  The holidays are perfectly timed, the hustle and bustle a nice distraction from the fact that it’s getting seriously cold outside.  Christmas is particularly magical, with New York City all decked out in its festive finery.  This season, I chronicled my yearly pilgrimage around town.  Enjoy!!

Snowflakes sparkling on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The Christmas tree atop Radio City Music Hall.

The Swarovski crystal snowflake high above the intersection at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Heavenly musicians near the tree at Rockefeller Center.

Under the mistletoe at Grand Central Station.

Magical lights at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

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