Christmas Festivities

I love Christmas time. Does it get any more festive than this time of year? This year seems to have zoomed by along with December so I feel like I didn’t get a chance to do everything I love doing like having holiday tea at one of the big hotels, ice-skating in Union Square, or watching the Symphony.

But I did manage to catch my nephew sing as part of the Golden Gate Boys Choir. The choir is comprised of elementary and high school kids from all over the Bay Area.¬†They had a concert at St. Francis in North Beach, singing all the classics: O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the Little Drummer Boy, O Come All Ye Faithful…

In addition to singing, they had bellringers who were the bomb. Older kids who played Carol of the Bells and the Coventry Carol. So amazing. I’ve never heard the bells played before. Click on the link below to a video.

Golden Gate Bellringers

I also got front row Orchestra seats to the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which is supposed to be one of the best Nutcrackers in the world. We read that the first full-length Nutcracker in the U.S. premiered at the SF Ballet. Plus I adore ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan who played the older Clara. You won’t see anyone like her. The day she announces her impending retirement (she’s getting up there), I plan on watching every ballet that she’s in. It was a Tuesday night and it seems like all the SF dwellers made it to that show (I saw a bunch of people), including one of my exes who texted me.