holiday cheer

December 12, 2009 |  Category:   friends holidays





We have the best neighbors. We have a real community here in our little corner of the city and it reminds me a bit of how I grew up playing kickball in the street with all the neighbor kids on the block. You know you have great neighbors when they offer to bring you a Christmas tree, come over and help package, and throw parties where all the kids go up “on stage” and perform dance routines for the evening’s entertainment. It feels a bit old fashioned that way. The kids in our building are all growing up together since the time they were babies and toddlers and there is nothing like that experience to build early childhood memories from. I hope all of you have a special network of friends and neighbors. It makes all the difference.

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  • Nina December 12, 2009 at 11:00 am

    That’s really nice. It kind of reminds me of my childhood in the Philippines. Here where we live in Los Angeles, we really don’t know one another, no one even says hi, it’s so sad.

  • Amy December 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Steve and I were just discussing how lucky we are to have the best neighbors. How could we have ever thought of moving away?? And I love the old fashioned feeling of the kids performing, having them decorate the house for the party, and people just eating and catching up over a drink. Yay CVG and Park Slope!

  • janet December 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

    You are very fortunate. It’s nice to know that you have people you can count on. Happy Holidays!!

  • .amanda. December 13, 2009 at 11:42 am

    It is really looking festive around your place!

    I was in the city yesterday, from Pa. and my husband and I went to a cute Christmas craft show and there were some food vendors there. [in Union Square] I joked with him about how I wish we were in Brooklyn so I could see a Whimsy and Spice table.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Jenna December 13, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Amanda, I think you were at the Union Square holiday market. It goes on from Black Friday to Christmas Eve (poor vendors in the cold all day!). We’ve got a few friends who have booths there. It’s a great place for visibility but there is no way we can have a booth like that everyday, though I’m curious to see how we’d fare at a holiday market like that. Maybe one day far into the future…

  • Brenda December 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    How fun – and I’m sure a much needed break from your holiday insanity!

  • baroquebabies December 13, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Lovely tree! We also have a similar community-feeling here in Germany, we all live fairly close together (no urban sprawl here!) and there are lots of young children that go to the same kindergarten (preschool) that our son goes to, 5 minutes walk away! Laura in Germany

  • Jenna December 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Amy, I think most of us were in denial about you guys moving away. And then when it didn’t happen, we were like, see? Just ignore it and it will go away. So glad you are staying.