(we’ll get to tastes later, this is after all, a food blog.)
The holidays are finally in full swing around these parts! I don’t know if it’s the warm weather, or the lack of a Christmas tree in my apartment, but I haven’t yet gotten into the holiday spirit. Which, some of you may know, is really weird. I love Christmas. And not the the crazy family get-together and exchange presents part, but the holiday season- the music, the decorations, the lights on the trees, sending cards, all of it. Love love love Christmas. Two of my favorite things are the annual trip to see the Boston Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker, and Christmas peeping around town- seeing how people have decorated their apartments & condos.
As for the Nutcracker, I really enjoy the music component, I’ll listen to it at home wrapping presents or baking cookies, and I love the ballet- it’s so elegant and those dancers make it look so easy! But one of my favorite parts is one that you might not get unless you’ve been to the ballet- I love the sound of ballet pointe shoes on the stage floor. They make this tap-tap-tap that I absolutely love. It’s weird, I know, but I have supersonic hearing, I hear everything- sometimes a blessing, sometimes a curse. Anyway, my lil’ golden retriever style ears pick up everything and that tap of the shoes on the stage when there’s a lull in the music is just the perfect addition to an already amazing tradition.
And decorations… well, they do it right here in Boston. In my neck of the woods, Beacon Hill, every year there are greens & red bow on all the lamp-posts. All of them. Volunteers decorate at the beginning of the month and they stay up until New Year’s. It’s such a nice touch, looking down the block at the old lamps and their holiday cheer. I highly recommend a stroll through this ‘hood this time of year. City-living certainly doesn’t always mean getting a good does of holiday decor, at least not on the outside- you won’t see apartment blocks competing for who has the most lights, but there are subtle touches people add. This morning, when I went for my walk, I decided against my usual Charles River route (thought it was too cold & windy) so I opted for a walk through the Back Bay. (And the real reason I did this was so I could take a peek at what the fancy people were doing to deck their halls.)
My oh my did that decision pay off! One of my favorite streets in Boston- Marlborough St.- had things done right. Geez louise I wish I had brought my iPhone to take photos for you all! There were trees in the windows, wreaths on the doors, decorations on the small patches of “lawn” that some of the homes have, it was utterly enchanting and a great way to start my day. Then, then there was Santa. As I was on my return back up Beacon Street I was startled by a life-size replica of Santa in a window. Where most people might place a tree, there was a rather, dare I say, creepy, Santa in the window. Not my favorite. Not as creepy as a mall Santa, but still.