Our Christmas was very different last year. We usually spend it with the whole extended family, trotting along from house to house, hauling presents and food to every stop. My parents went away and understandably so because this is our first Christmas without my brother. It was just too hard for all of us. My brother went all out on Christmas and doing what we usually do just didn’t feel right to us.
It was extremely important for me to do something special for the kids. Christmas in the city just felt right. The kids love going to New York City so I tried my best to make it happen. I got us an amazing Christmas deal from Ink48 hotel (with a credit to breakfast at PRINT restaurant located inside the hotel). It would be the first time we stay at a Kimpton hotel. I have always wanted to check one out so I was looking forward to it. I knew they had cute little animal print robes available for kids to use for their stay so I called concierge services ahead of time so the kiddos to make sure the kids would get to use them. I spoke to Kelsey and she was so sweet and helpful.
It was raining and just ugly out on the 24th as we made our way into NYC. The kids were so happy to be spending Christmas in New York (Home Alone style) so they were not worried about the rain.
God was on our side because when it was time to park the car in the parking garage it suddenly stopped raining.
When we arrived the door man complimented the kids of their Santa hats and they didn’t even know what to do with themselves, so proud of their hats. The people at the front desk were super friendly and had little stockings filled with mini candy canes for them and they were elated. My kiddos are very grateful and no gesture is too small! We went to our room and as soon as we walked in we saw the kids robes and some presents for the kids on the bed. I almost cried. They didn’t have to, not at all. It might not be a big deal to some but I will forever be grateful to Kelsey and INK48 for making Jonathan and Sarah’s Christmas extra special. It was our home away from home.Without even knowing it they gave my kiddos a little reminder of their favorite uncle. Jro used to love making loom bracelets with them and spend hours on Youtube looking for new designs to make for them. I was without words. Everything was turning out better than I could ever dreamed of.
The night wasn’t over. It was unusually warm out and we headed out to walk the streets of the city that’s always extra special around the holidays. We had dinner at our fave place, Mama Sbarro. We went to see the tree at Rockefeller Center and the beautiful holiday displays at stores.
On Christmas day the kiddos each opened one present, (that is all we took with us) and we got ready to go down for breakfast. Jon and Sarah loved their hot chocolate! I have to admit that the restaurant is not usually somewhere we’d eat. I gotta be honest, not in our usual budget, but we had a $50 credit, so why not, it’s CHRISTMAS. It was soooo good that we are still talking about it!
It was time to check out and Jon and Sarah admired the gorgeous view of our room one last time.
Before we headed back to Jersey we went to central park for a bit, because you know, how could we not. We talked about what a great time we had. We remembered how even though Jro wasn’t physically with us, he was still with us in spirit, with little reminders through the kind gestures of others and that made this last Christmas one of the best ones ever.
(this is, in no way a sponsored post. I am just so thankful to Kelsey and Ink48 for having us and making what could’ve been a sad time into the best time.)