Chaos. Crowding. Christmas. | Part I

The annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City took place tonight.  You thought the holiday season kicked into high gear on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) or Cyber Monday?  Wrong.  The season begins when they flip that switch and a 74-foot Norway Spruce is set ablaze with thousands of strategically placed lights.

If you’re crazy enough to be fighting your way towards 30 Rockefeller Plaza, you’re probably one of the 99% — you know, the same people who go out on Black Friday to wait for the security guards to unlock the doors to the stores and for the stampede to begin.  Craziness.  Not for the faint of heart, you’ve got to have three things:

  1. Stamina;
  2. A good pair of flat shoes, preferably sneakers/trainers; and
  3. Medical insurance.

Once those doors swing open, it’s on.  You get caught in someone’s way who’s bigger, stronger, faster, you may get trampled.  That’s where the medical insurance comes in.

So, the lights went on tonight, and thousands (no exaggeration)  just had to go to see it.  Mother, father, grandparents, nannies.   The tourists flooded the streets.  Don’t they know that only a small fraction of people can actually fit in the promenade area on Fifth Avenue facing the tree (and the ice skating rink)?

It’s a Christmas tree, people.  I know, I know.  It’s “special” and unusual.   It is huge and it is beautiful, but chances are, you have one in your house or will soon, and if you really need to see the tree to snap 20 photographs from the same angle (because believe me, there’s no place to move in the sardine can crowds), you can come back (unless you have a flight to catch the next morning).  It’s there until January.

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