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15 Things to Do in New York City During Christmas Time

Every season in New York City has its unique flair.  But Christmas is definitely the most exhilarating.  The crisp chill in the air.  The sparkling lights and holiday decor. If you’ve never been, you must visit NYC just once during this time of year.  The things on this list are my favorites–especially the store windows, decor and markets.

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1.  Department store windows–The major department stores have different displays every year and it’s always fun to see.  Check out Macy’s, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman

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2. Rockefeller Center tree and skating

skating rink

Bryant Park skating rink

3.  Bryant Park Christmas market and skating rink

4.  Union Square Christmas market

5.  Columbus Circle Christmas market

6.  Rockettes Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall

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7.  Neapolitan creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

8.  Holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden

9.  Empire State Building lights–LED light show

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10.  Strolling through Midtown to see the decorations like the Cartier building dressed as a package and the tree at the New York Palace hotel

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11.  Origami tree at the American Museum of Natural History

12. Dinner at the much-decorated Rolf’s German restaurant

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13.  Holiday decorations in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn

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Olson Manor

14.  Gingerbread Extravaganza at Le Parker Meridien

15.  Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science

Homemade Coffee Creamers

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do like decaf tea.  I saw these recipes for homemade coffee creamers in fall flavors, and I decided to try them.  I made the pumpkin and gingerbread, and they are really good.  I like the pumpkin better, but the gingerbread is the perfect mix of ingredients because it tastes just like gingerbread.  With the pumpkin, I would say to shake it well before each use because the pumpkin can settle to the bottom.  I made them with half and half and also with milk, and both versions are good.

15 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Around the World

I love reading about Christmas traditions and foods from around the world. I searched blogs for Christmas cookie recipes from bloggers who are from the country where the cookie originates or of that ethnicity or that seemed authentic. So below is a list of 15 Christmas cookies from around the world:

African-style Christmas Sweet Mince Pies

Czech Vanilla Rolls/Vanilkove Rohlicky and Jam Flowers/Linecke Cukrovi

Estonian Gingerbread Cookies/Piparkoogid

Finnish Spicy Gingersnaps/Joulupiparkakut

German Cinnamon Star Cookies/Zimtsterne

Greek Spiced Walnut Cake Soaked in Syrup/Karydópita

Icelandic Air Cookies/Loftkökur

Italian Honey Balls/Struffoli

Italian Knot Cookies/Anginetti

Latvian Gingerbread Cookies/Piparkukas

North Carolina Moravian Spice Cookies

Norwegian Sand Tarts/Sandbakkel

Russian Rozdestvenskioe Pechenie

Scottish Shortbread

Swedish Spritz Cookies

20 Cool Christmas Cookies

Here are 20 Christmas cookies that I’d like to make this year.

Bourbon Balls from Southern Living

Brown Sugar Masa Shortbread from Sunset

Butter Dream Cookies from Midwest Living

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies from WebMD

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies from Paula Deen

Chrusciki Leaves from Martha Stewart

Cornmeal Cookies (Paste di Meliga) from Saveur

Crackly Sugar Cookies from Chow

Creamy Eggnog Bars from Better Homes and Gardens

Double Chocolate Cookies with Peppermint from Our State

Filled Cherry Macaroons from Better Homes and Garden

Giant Spice Cookies from Taste of Home

Gingerbread Cookies with Guiness Stout from WebMD

Homemade Graham Cracker Christmas Cookies from Yankee

Pecan & Cran Holiday Cookies from Clean Eating

Pineapple Delights from Taste of Home

Saltine Toffee Cookies from allrecipes

Speculoos Buttons from Bon Appetit

Stenciled Chocolate Cookies from Martha Stewart

Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) from Saveur

Apple Gingerbread Cake

My mom loves this upside-down apple gingerbread cake.  I got the recipe from All You magazine.  Great holiday recipe for the season!

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