This year we joined families – M and I. We drove up to Pennsylvania and visited M’s uncle and his family of friends, huddled around the Rockefeller Christmas Tree with my cousins and then drove to Connecticut to exchange gifts while wishing M’s Nani a happy 95th birthday! (Note: Everyone should have the pleasure of clinking wine filled glasses with someone who is celebrating their 95th birthday). On Christmas Eve though, we stopped and stayed at the Oratory Church in Downtown Brooklyn. And just like that, all the noise of New York and every hallmark version of the holiday, became something else. A very merry christmas to everyone!