i know, it’s hard to believe but christmas is only a week away. things are a little hectic in our house, but i want to make sure we have a little time to just enjoy ourselves (and not just with presents). one of my really all-time favorite things to do in new york is to join the christmas carolers at washington square park. held every year on christmas eve starting at 5 p.m., this is a very special occasion. the group of people who gather is not too large, and many of the families come year after year. a songbook is passed out (just in case you don’t know all those words), and the evening just leaves you with the best parts of the holiday season. washington square park, meet at the tree at the foot of the arch at the end of 5th avenue, manhattan, new york.