Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 15/02/2006. Which was a good month and a half after the event it documents - our Christmas 2005 holiday in New York - and it's not like I could have used the excuse of being busy at work at the time.
Nearly two years later, some of this piece is seriously out of date, most notably in the theatre section (though Spamalot continues to bust blocks, on both sides of the Atlantic now). Nevertheless, I think this still holds up as a depiction of what to expect when spending the festive season in the Big Apple.
Christmas 2006, of course, we spent in Brighton. As for Christmas 2007? Patience, you buggers, patience.
Well, there's going to be plenty of material for this month, there's no denying that. I'll be sorting out the usual end-of-year shenanegans: hosting the VidBinge 2007 party, and compiling my Pick Of The Year CD. There are plans for a musical retrospective article off the back of a concert I'm attending in the middle of the month, featuring a long-time favourite band. For the festive season itself, there's one more train-related piece for the Travel section that you can look forward to. And, if I can get the automated process working again, there may even be a small treat for you on Christmas Day itself.
Yes, lots of material. When I actually get to write about any of it is going to be another matter, given that all of this is happening during one of the most enjoyably hectic work periods I've had in the last two years or so. Well, you're used to the VidBinge and Pick Of The Year pieces turning up in January and beyond, so there shouldn't be any change there. As for the rest, we'll just have to wait and see.