Merry Christmas 2017!!!

Christmas lasts all year long in Christmas Monsterland, and now, after the daily videos have appeared on Facebook, they are coming to the Chronicler's Tales and the PM Saga Web site! It has been a joy to share Christmas in New York 2017!

The Tree! at Rockefeller Center, Christmas 2017

The Tree! at Rockefeller Center, Christmas 2017

South Street Seaport, Christmas 2017

South Street Seaport, Christmas 2017

Part 1 of Christmas in New York 2017 — O, Christmas Trees! — features the big trees flickering around New York City. There are many more huge trees than are shown here, but these are a nice representation. We see the Rockefeller Center tree, the Money Trees (Bloomberg Tower, Wall Street's tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange, the trees in the atrium of J.P. Morgan), the tree at Bryant Park with its huge reflecting ornaments (and some birdies thrown in for comfort and joy), the art in the arch at Washington Square, the tree at South Street Seaport heralded by a Sea of Light, the designer trees at Brookfield Place, and more lights at Madison Square Park.

Here are some photos from this collection. First, some shots from the Rockefeller Center tree and the decorations surrounding it.

The trees in the video really photograph well!

Madison Square Park, Christmas 2017

Madison Square Park, Christmas 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus!

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the unofficial launch of the Christmas season in New York City. Yes, some of the stores have already put up decorations and installed their holiday windows, but until Santa Claus arrives at Herald Square on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas isn't really on the horizon in the Big Apple!

Santa Claus at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 23

Santa Claus at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 23

I went to the parade on November 23, and though I was somewhat back of the crowd at 72nd Street and Central Park West, I managed to film the balloons and some of the tops of the floats. No chance to really see the marching bands (until I ran down to Sixth Avenue and Central Park South to see Santa a second time). I set the parade movie to some fun music from the YouTube Audio Library.

I don't go to the parade every year. It is just too stressful. (I almost lost it with an alpha male who complained that I was bumping into him when I lifted my camera to film — maybe he had a point, but his complaint was so hostile and threatening, and he was in a crowded area where one would definitely expect to be bumped — so I tried to move away from his as best I could.)

Harold the Baseball Player

Harold the Baseball Player

But all in all, it was fun to see the balloons and watch the kids wave back to the people on the floats.

Christmas 2016, for the Record

Your Chronicler had a very difficult time celebrating Christmas 2016, but she trudged through the holidays and produced daily Christmas in New York videos on Facebook, combined them into seven Christmas in New York 2016 videos on YouTube (you can see them on the Gallery page here), put up Hillary, the Hovel Tree, and added additional Sagas to the PM Saga Archive.

Hillary, the Hovel Tree, Christmas 2016

Hillary, the Hovel Tree, Christmas 2016

Christmas in New York 2016

I posted daily videos on Facebook showing Christmas in New York, then combined them for seven videos on YouTube. I've put them all in a page on this site, so you can binge watch if you want. Below you will see the final posting, my video ode to Hillary, the Hovel Tree. I used a recording of Silent Night I made several years ago with Woody Regan in this, so be prepared!

Here are some of the photos from the Hovel at Christmas. First you see the editorial assistant who came home with Hillary from the lot on 79th Street and Broadway. You then see Hillary with her lights of many colors, with ornaments, and fully bedecked with ornaments, bead garlands and tinsel. Some new ornaments are included, and some older ones, plus the house shoes that Santa brought the Chronicler (she also got a new shower curtain — your Chronicler believes in warmth and cleanliness!).

The Christmas 2016 page has photos from all seven videos, including the Central Park video, which, as always, was near and dear to your Chronicler.

Sagas Added to the Archives

Four more Sagas were added to the PM Sagas Archives. Most Sagas have now been posted, and the rest will appear soon. I have tried to gain perspective and inspiration during these trying times by reading about the exploits of Purple Monster again. She really fights for Christmas and the Christmas Spirit!

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The Good SEGWACian, The PM Saga, Book VIII

The Christmas crew receives help from an unexpected source, and PM gobbles chocolate and champagne in preparation for a Christmas Day mating ritual.


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Summit At the North Pole, The PM Saga, Book XI

Viper Carrion and St. Nick confer at the North Pole, and the SEGWACian despot is presented with a magical silver ornament. (A factoid: the cover glows in the dark.)


The Sublime State of Christmasness, The PM Saga, Book XIV

During teletransportation, PM evaporates into a higher level of Christmas consciousness.


The Magic Garden of the Christmas Star, The PM Saga, Book XV

The North Pole is bankrupt, and only the Christmas Star and magic flowers can save Santa's ride. Crystal Camellia is born to Relicta and Dove.