I’ve been called away from my market passions for family reasons for the past couple of weeks. But I hope the 2010 NYC Holiday Markets Guide has helped you find some amazing gifts, and maybe even explore parts of the city you wouldn’t normally think to visit.
For some reason I have more holiday cheer than ever. I’m not quite sure why, but I think it has something to do with the basic elements of happiness that came shining through this year. Family, friendship, community, creativity, risk, challenges – this year was chock full of all of them. At the risk of sounding like a Hallmark Holiday Special, I feel like this season is not so much about the shopping frenzy, but more about thoughtfulness, caring, and helping each other out whenever and however we can.
I want to thank all the brilliant and creative market vendors and managers for producing all of the amazing, superlative artisan, farmer, food and flea market events throughout the year. You are the heart of design, food innovation, and entrepreneurship. I spend almost every weekend wandering through your tents and tables, and I’ve never had more fun shopping for unique and beautiful products and eating delicious, amazing food.
I’m going to take off for two weeks to move into our new apartment, launch my new business, Sirene MediaWorks, and take care of my family. I wish you a wonderful holiday, and I for one am very excited for what 2011 has in store for all of us! I leave you at with this video tribute to Manhattan’s classic and inspiring holiday markets. And a special thanks to Duke Ellington for Three Suites, my very favorite holiday album.