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Christmas in New York: 15 Festive Things To Do in NYC | Condé Nast Traveler

Our editors’ favorite holiday activities in the city they call home.

By Alex Erdekian, December 7, 2020

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We’re all looking for silver linings these days—and we’ve got one for you.

This Christmas season in New York City is sort of peaceful. There are fewer tourists crowding Midtown sidewalks, no social pressure to attend every holiday happy hour, and, more importantly, no Santa Con!

One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that NYC in December holds the power to grow the hearts of the Grinchiest of us.

Even this year, there is more than a little magic to be found. To help you find the best of it, our editors who call the city home share their favorite Christmastime traditions—nostalgic standbys you’ll recognize from the scenes of Elf, seasonal restaurant rituals, and neighborhood celebrations that put them in the holiday spirit.

Andrew F Kazmierski/Getty ..ice skating at Bryant Park…

Source: Christmas in New York: 15 Festive Things To Do in NYC | Condé Nast Traveler

15 Traditional Christmas Dinner Recipes – Paula Deen

By The PD Web Team

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There’s no better time to embrace tradition than during the holiday season!

There’s nothing better than a traditional Christmas—we’re talking mistletoes, classic Christmas carols, gingerbread houses, It’s a Wonderful Life, and, yes, those traditional Christmas dinner recipes.

While we can’t supply all the holiday magic, we certainly can inspire your Christmas culinary adventures!

Whether you’re looking for a show-stopping entrée for Christmas dinner; the sides to go with it; heavenly cakes, cookies, and candies; a cozy beverage to sip by the fire; or something special for Christmas morning, we’ve got wonderful Christmas recipes that harken back to those old-fashioned Christmases of years past.

Source: 15 Traditional Christmas Dinner Recipes – Paula Deen

Places to Go for Christmas: 23 U.S. Cities Full of Holiday Cheer | Condé Nast Traveler

You don’t have to go far to find holiday cheer.

By Caitlin Morton, December 6, 2021

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You’ve heard it a thousand times: “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”

No offense to Perry Como, but with so many great places to go for Christmas, we’re going to have to respectfully disagree. The festive weeks of December make for one of the best times to travel to a new destination, with city squares and charming towns pulling out all the stops to make visitors feel extra merry and bright.

Lights hang from every storefront and lamppost, hotel lobbies get decked out with perfectly trimmed trees, and parks turn into makeshift ice skating rinks—all set to the backdrop of snowy mountains and iconic skylines. So you could stay home for the holidays, why would you?

Having said that, winter travel does look a little different this year due to lingering COVID restrictions and the emergence of the Omicron variant. We usually have our sights set on Europe in December (those Christmas markets are pretty epic, after all), but there are plenty of places to visit in the U.S. that have just as much holiday cheer—minus the hassle of crossing international borders during a pandemic.

Whether they’re New England towns with major storybook vibes, or some of the biggest and brightest metropolises in the country, celebrating in these cities is well worth the price of a domestic airline ticket or road trip. And let’s face it: You haven’t really experienced true Christmas spirit until you see it through the shiny lens of Las Vegas.

Source: Places to Go for Christmas: 23 U.S. Cities Full of Holiday Cheer | Condé Nast Traveler

How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens – Britain Magazine | The official magazine of Visit Britain | Best of British History, Royal Family,Travel and Culture

By Britain Magazine

We owe many of our Christmas traditions to Charles Dickens

On the evening of October 5 1843, Charles Dickens took his place on the stage of the Athenaeum in Manchester. The Athenaeum was a society for the “advancement and diffusion of knowledge”.

It had been founded in 1837 to provide education and recreation for the working men and women of the city. However, thanks to a recent economic recession, the club was heavily in debt.

Dickens was about to give a speech that, it was hoped, would help raise much-needed funds. What few of that night’s audience would have realised was that Dickens himself was a troubled man. The author was 31 and, for the past seven years, the success of his books such as The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby had seen him rise to become, arguably, the second most famous Victorian, behind only the Queen herself.

However, Dickens’ fortunes had taken a downturn in 1843. His latest work, Martin Chuzzlewit, had seen disappointing sales; his wife, Catherine, was pregnant with their fifth child; and he himself, just like the noble institution he was about to address, was heavily in debt.

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Source: How to celebrate Christmas like Charles Dickens – Britain Magazine | The official magazine of Visit Britain | Best of British History, Royal Family,Travel and Culture