“And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun. The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.”-John Lennon
The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is my favorite time to be in Philadelphia. There’s so much going on that it’s easy to get all caught up in the madness of the holiday spirit. This weekend, much like last weekend’s, was filled with holiday fun. It started off a little early on Thursday night, with the first holiday party for Joey’s old office. We headed out to Dave & Buster’s to spend time with his old colleagues. On Friday night, the office partying continued with Joey’s current office at National Mechanics. This is one of my favorite places to go in Old City. The building is so neat and I love the vibe of the entire bar. Plus, they make a mean Royal Flush. We stayed there for a while, then headed over to Revolution House afterwards. The best time to go to Revolution House is in the summer, when you can sit outside on their roof deck and enjoy a pizza and beer. We spent a couple of hours there before heading home. Starting a party at 5pm usually means an early ending to the evening.
On Saturday morning, we decided to get up early and head into Center City to finish up some Christmas shopping. We hit Macy’s first and got there just in time for the light show. I’ve been going to the light show every year since I was a baby. It’s my favorite holiday tradition, so much so that I usually cry when it’s over. After we finished up at Macy’s, we walked down Walnut Street to stop at a few places. I was surprised at how many people were out and about at 10am. When we got to the terminal, it was just beginning to get packed. The whole purpose of the shopping trip was to go to the Reading Terminal. If you’ve never visited the Reading Terminal, you’re seriously missing out. It such a great places to go and walk around and eat and watch all the hundreds of people who come there. The majority of my Christmas presents came from there or the Italian Market. Both of our families love to cook, so it was the perfect place to find them something great to cook with. We went to a shop called The Tubby Olive. They have all these different flavored oils and vinegars. A few bottles of those make a great present. After a morning of walking and shopping, we decided to stop and get some lunch in the Italian Market on our way home. We went to Monsu, a great little Italian restaurant on 9th and Christian. I got some sweet mussels and Joey got an omelet. By the time we left, we were stuffed to the brim and walked slightly slower back home with full bellies and bags of goodies.
And of course, Sundays are made for two things: long runs and football. I did a 12 mile loop around Kelly and West River Driver, then headed to South Philly Bar and Grill to watch the Giants play. It really hit me this weekend that Christmas is just about a week away. As hard of a holiday as Christmas can be for my family, it’s also the time I feel closest with my family. I know people say this so often, but the past several days have really made me appreciate how blessed I am for everything in my life. So, Happy Christmas 🙂