Saturday, November 26, 2005

On The Square

"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."

-W.T. Ellis

Friday was one of our favorite days of the year, the day after Thanksgiving. It all started about 20 years ago, long before Alan and I were dating, when as friends, we would go and sit at the mall and watch all the shoppers go mad with Christmas shopping frenzy. If you just sit, and watch, you will see some of the most outlandish things. One year we watched as a lady went into a Bed, Bath and Beyond with about 15 shopping bags and her two teenaged daughters. They came out about 30 minutes later with a shower curtain rod, fully extended between her two daughters, and which was now holding all those bags. Good Idea. :)

We were lucky today, we found great parking everywhere we went. Had a nice lunch at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, then grabbed a Jamba Juice and drove up Hwy 1 along the coast. It was gorgeous by the Pacific today. It started out rainy and grey, but by early was bright and sunny. We stopped in Moss Beach, near the haunted, Moss Beach Distillery. You can feel the presence of the "Lady In Blue" no matter what day of the year you come by. I can understand why she is still haunting the beach and restaurant after more then 75 years.

Finally, we ended up in San Francisco for the shopping and tree lighting ceremony at Union Square. God I love it here, especially on the day after Thanksgiving, when everyone is happy and the energy is high. The adults carrying pretty, holiday decorated shopping bags, and the children enjoying the street performers, like the Robot Woman, and anticipating the lighting of the Macy's Union Square Christmas Tree. An 80 Ft, Douglas Fir, brought in from the base of Mt Shasta, decorated with traditional Christmas ornaments, and more than 140,000 bright is a true holiday treat.

I had some fun starting my Christmas shopping for this year, we visited Fendi, Macy's, World Market, Chanel, and Saks. I gazed into the windows of the fabulous art galleries, the Xanadu, which is housed in the only building in San Francisco that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Post Impressionist Gallery and the Caldwell-Snyder Gallery. Then to finish the day we drove past the marquees of the Theatre district. The Curran and the Golden Gate, just to name a couple. I love the theatre district in San Francisco. It has it's own energy. Sigh, I was too tired to stay for the tree lighting itself...sigh. I know that I will be really tired tomorrow, but I couldn't miss today,sometimes I love the feeling of being alone in a crowd.

"Union Square Tree"
San Francisco, California
November 25th, 2005
Late Afternoon


Karen Funk Blocher said...

I'm sorry you didn't get to see the tree ceremony, but it was probably better that you didn't overextend yourself too much. Me, I barely left the house today! - K

Solitary Dancer said...

So, how's the pig latin lessons for Elvis going? LOL

Overall it sounds like you had a pretty good day. Love the pics, as always! ! !


Gaboatman said...

What an exciting, busy day you two had. I always have to work on the Friday after thanksgiving. I know what you mean when you say you enjoy the feeling of being alone in a crowd. I used to get very sad feeling so alone in big crowds, but that was a long time ago before I got married. I kind of enjoy it now. I'd love to see some pictures this year of your Christmas decorations! Take care!

Tilly said...


I'm really starting to think that us Brits are missing out on Thanksgiving. There seems to be so much Holiday spirit around in the U.S.

Talking of spirits, Moss Beach looks glorious. Sounds to me like you had pretty much a perfect day!

Tilly x

Celeste said...

I never shop on Black Friday. I have gotten some amusment watching others shop.

IndigoSunMoon said...

Sounds like you and Alan had a delightful day!

Kat said...

Sound's like a wonderful day even though you didn't stay to see the Christmas tree lit.

Laura said...

people watching in the mall is always a fun thing! I look forward to my treks alone, without a purpose, just so I can engage in this delightful past time!
It sounds like a very full, wonderful day for you two. Sorry you missed the tree lighting.

globetrotter said...

Wow! I am jealous!

You live in such a fabulous place!

It seems to have everything! (I followed those links... the gallery is to die for, and that haunted distillery by the sea...sigh)

I always thought I couldn't live in California because of the earthquakes. You are changing my mind my dear..

I watched a movie last night called "Sidewise" of something like that about a sommelier and his friend on a jaunt through Napa Valley and Santa Barbara. (And I had thought that New England was gorgeous!)

California is on my wish list for travel this year. It's one place this globetrotter has yet to see!


ChasingMoksha said...

Sounds like fun. Your pictures are beautiful! You are more courageous than I am. I cannot go shopping after Thanksgiving. If I am not done before Thanksgiving, I order on line. The crowds are simply a nightmare.

I might go see that haunted woman before I leave this area. Thanks.

AlbGlinka said...

Hey Carly: slowly visiting all the AOL refugees, I can't even remember if I've stopped by here before, I've moved in "real life" too and I'm very disoriented currently!

I was at Union Square on Thanksgiving Day actually-- I walked the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in the morning. That area is special around the holidays, window shopping is acceptable! :-) Albert

Becky said...

What a fun sounding day! Much better than the frigid day I spent walking the streets of a local small town going from antique shop to boutique while listening to my Mother critique my life. Bleh.