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Monday, December 9, 2019

A Question for the Community: Christmas in the Country or the City?

Photos by Salt Water New England
A question for the community:
Would you rather spend Christmas in the country or the city?

31 comments:

  1. Country, without doubt. The temperature at a couple of degrees colder, the smell of log fires in the air, a good walk with the dog, and far fewer of the general public!

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  2. Doesn't matter what I want. It's going to be the suburbs.

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    1. Ditto here. And perhaps unrelated(?), note the courage of the Rolls owner in parking it on a town street and actually walking away.

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    2. Right-hand drive.

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    3. ...and (no doubt) a stick-shift gearbox, which these days makes cars undriveable by anyone not already collecting Social Security.

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    4. Try driving a six-speed manual with right-hand drive. The first hundred yards will be tricky. After that, you start wondering why there are so many gears. The hard part is steering with your right hand while you shift with the left.

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  3. While both have attractions, I'd choose the country for reasons that have been mentioned above plus the possibility of tobogganing and cross-country skiing just minutes from the back door if there is enough snow on the ground. We're almost rural and have done so in very recent years here in Mid-Michigan. Christmas Day 2017 was especially memorable.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

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  4. Based on the photos above, I assume by "city" you're referring to a large urban center like, New York, Boston, Philadelphia etc.....versus "country" which could include a small village, not necessarily a totally rural setting. That being said, I prefer a small village like setting, close to churches, small shops and parks.

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  5. Country! However, I sometimes like spending a few days in the dazzle and glitter of a city attending Christmas concerts and other such activities during the run up to Christmas. But when it comes to Christmas Day and the few days before and after it, I prefer the more homey atmosphere of the country.

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  6. Christmas season in the city (minus the tourists, of course), Christmas day in the country. Nothing quite like the smell of roast chesnuts before getting on the Metro-North. Work becomes much more tolerable during the month of December. The energy, the decoration, etc.

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  7. They both bring their special magic to the season!

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  8. Wherever family is, that's where Christmas is.

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    1. I agree and now that the kids are off on their own, that seems even more important. Most of the extended family will gather at Christmas and then after New Year's, the house will seem so empty and lonely.

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    2. Blue Train - I understand. Perhaps take some time now to pre-arrange get-togethers, outings, concerts, theater tickets, in January, so the schedule will not suddenly go quiet after the New Year, but perhaps even get busier? I'm sure those you reach out to to include would also appreciate the activity.

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  9. I've done both and I like both but nothing beats Christmas in Manhattan.

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  10. All three! City to see the sights and lights, suburbs for Christmas Eve and day with family and then the country for snow and (alpen)glow!

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  11. -We celebrate hanukah, not Christmas.

    -Unlike most years, when we celebrate at home, family trip to Israel for the last ten days of the year.

    -ideally, winter holidays in some place quiet and snowy.

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  12. Thank you, Andrew. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only Jew who reads and appreciates SWNE (and occasionally posts a comment).

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  13. Both! We spend the last weekend before Christmas in NYC (the NY pops has a wonderful Christmas concert) and then the Christmas Eve and Day on the east end of long island where we live year round.

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  14. As a Columbia student, there's nothing quite like the city charm. Lights, decorations across town--the entire city feels so special.

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  15. Agreed. Manhattan in December has an energy that I've not felt elsewhere.

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  16. Having done both I prefer country. Here in England its so crowded. Especially so in the urban areas. London is nice for a show or some shopping but not very safe any more. We are fortunate to be semi-rural and take full advantage of it. Nothing like Christmas in the countryside.

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  17. The country for now, here in NE Georgia. Fires in the fireplaces, and fun homemade meals. Heading to south FL before too long and there for the holiday.

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  18. That’s a tough one to answer. I like spending part of Thanksgiving Weekend in the city, or alternating between city and small town. Country for the holiday day itself, but traveling to the city for the aftermath and New Years.

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  19. I believe an ideal was suggested on this blog a handful of years ago, and I've never been able to suggest better. I'd wish to spend and go to sleep Christmas Eve in the city, and wake up in the country Christmas morning. Christmas Eve carries an energy, an anticipatory vibe (and yes, a last-minute commercialism too) that resonates with the sophistication and energy of the City, but come Christmas morning, my desire is to burrow in with family and enjoy the tranquility and stillness.

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  20. One of the most interesting Christmas events I ever attended was in the country. The horse country of Virginia, in fact. In attendance were two men who had competed in Olympics, both equestrians, and a former commanding officer of the Blues & Royals. One was Polish and had competed in the 1936 Olympics (this was about 40 years ago). The other had served in the Royal Scots Greys in WWII and whose father had been a German U-boat commander in WWI. He competed for Canada after the war. I am still amazed that I found myself in the company of such interesting individuals. It was more than a little intimidating.

    I also remember that the host had a live Christmas tree.

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  21. I'm from MHD but will choose NYC for the holidays. It is just a real hoot to scurry around with the crowds - so much energy and good food/drink/coffee. I do miss the sea and the snow, though.

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  22. Having the choice, is really saying something.

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  23. The City. To stay away from anyplace where you have to drive everywhere is heaven!

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  24. I'm a little late to the party in responding, but this is purely a matter of taste and what one is wanting to experience. Both have their merits and offerings. If the question is asking the reader what their personal choice is, then mine is always country. While I love the city for special events and being able to attend seasonal theatre plays, as well as the excitement, I love being able to leave the traffic, noise and people behind afterward and return to what I know and love. The other side of that coin is, if you've grown up in a city and that is what you know and love, then the city will probably be your choice.

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