Wow. A few days after Thanksgiving, and after everyone has shopped til they dropped on Black Friday, and all of a sudden it’s Christmas everywhere! Someone flicked a switch, and now there are xmas-tree vendors on the streets, xmas muzak in all the stores and I’ve already seen the first tree ornaments on sale. I guess what surprised me so much is that before Thanksgiving, there was not a sign of Christmas anywhere, and now it’s everywhere. In the Netherlands, Christmas (and Sinterklaas, which is on December 5th) sort of slowly creeps up on you and here it came with a bang.
But I’m getting ahead of myself here. I should first report back on how my Thanksgiving was. The parade rocked!! We got up at 5.15, to start helping out with getting the marching bands in the right order for the Parade. It rained and it was cold, but once we got going, we didn’t really notice it, although I felt sorry for some of the bands, who were not dressed for cold and rain and suffered. But once the whole thing got going at 9.02am, everyone perked up. We walked in the parade as escorts to the Airforce Band, which was a hoot. Unforgettable. And yes, I did say thanks on Thanksgiving day (I have so much that I’m thankful for in my life). And no, I didn’t have turkey. But I did have a great burger with mashed potatoes. And a nice hot shower at the end of the day.
The academics have heated up a bit, in the next 2.5 weeks I have 3 exams and 3 big projects due. So I’m trying to work hard to finish those, and then I’ve got an extra 10 days or so before my plane will take me home to celebrate Christmas with my family. I can’t believe it’s almost time to leave NYC again and I’m doubling my efforts not to take it for granted and enjoy myself as much as possible.