I didn't expect it to creep up so soon, but the holiday decorations are already going up, which prompted me to start whistling It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas all evening long. It started when I walked out from my office and realized the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, possibly one of the most iconic skating sites in the world, is up and running, and strings of lights now adorn the trees. Being the sappy romantic that I am, it is impossible for me to see this stuff and not immediately melt into a pool of seasonal sentimentality. Sure it's only October, but go ahead and queue up the carols: Christmas is here!
My friend Daniel, a devout Catholic, recommended I visit the beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is a block down from my office, so I finally decided to drop in tonight. It is such an august and majestic structure that I'm already planning a return visit. I arrived after nightfall and was stunned by the building's grandeur, but I'm certain the beauty of the church is even further enhanced when light comes streaming in through the stained glass windows. I took a few shots as a quick preview, but I'll most certainly be back to hopefully catch the cathedral in its full splendor.
|Ice skaters glide and twirl around the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink.|
|The statue of Prometheus overlooks the ice rink in a shimmering fountain of color.|
|A fairly sparse opening week for the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink.|
|Dazzling light show over the ice.|
|A random picture-perfect family ice skating at the Rockefeller Center. Don't judge me for being a creeper.|
|Christmas lights on trees is a sure sign the holidays are here.|
|New York certainly knows how to deck out for the holidays.|
|The central aisle at St. Patrick's Cathedral.|
|The security officer checks bags at the door of St. Patrick's Cathedral.|
|Prayer candles at the back of the sanctuary.|
|Lighted prayer candles.|
|More lighted prayer candles.|
|A bronze cross illuminated by prayer candles.|