Saturday, January 3, 2015

Colleen and Jerry go to NYC

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Elder Jerry Gardner and I took the train to New York City to see the Rocketttes at the Radio City Music Hall.  The train station is in White Plains just four blocks from our apartment.  It took us just 33 minutes to arrive at Grand Central Station.  We were bundled up against the cold, but with warm hearts for our exciting adventure.  We walked along 42nd Street to 6th Avenue, then over to 51st Street where we passed a park with ice skating, large Christmas balls, and we even met characters from Star Wars.  Since we arrived early, we enjoyed delicious hot sandwiches at a bakery a block away from Radio City Music Hall.

The show was an eye-popping extravangaza of synchronized moves and ho-ho-ho enthusiasm.  We had to wear 3-D glasses at the first of the show when Santa is delivering presents all over the world.  The Rockettes started out the show as Santa's Reindeers in "Sleigh Ride."  Favorite numbers were Santa's workshop with charming Rag Dolls that came to life.  Every moment was magic in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular!  From the beloved Wooden Soldiers, to the dazzling Snow scene, to the unforgettable Living Nativity, it was really the best show of the season.  

The final two numbers wereThe Living Nativity and Joy to the World.  It was the beautiful and inspiring story of the first Christmas - told reverently in pageantry, with music and scripture.  An angel appeared to the shepherds to the song, "Angels Ye Have Heard on High."  Real camels accompanied the Wise Men to "We Three Kings," and a donkey carried Mary to the Inn where the Savior of the World was born.  

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