In New York City, my old friends will be making plans to go and see the Saks or Bergdorf Goodman windows and the tree at Rockefeller Center.
I know what people who don't live in New York say about the city dwellers, but they're actually very helpful all the time, even if they don't stay around and chat once you have what you need. Amongst themselves, they're talking about the next big break in their careers anyway.
At Christmastime, the city gets dressed up with a giant star over Fifth Avenue at 57th near the underground Apple store. There are also tree vendors with temporary stalls along many of the sidewalks. I remember walking through the narrow paths between fir trees surrounded by the scent of pine.The food carts sell roasted chestnuts along with gyros and pretzels, people are gathering in the Plaza Hotel's lobby for hot chocolate, and along every street there are more tourists than ever stopped in the middle of sidewalks gazing upwards everywhere.