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I really dig certain Christmas traditions.

Like as a kid, I can still remember taking the Metro North train into the city with my mom and sister to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Because in a life that could be somewhat unpredictable, there was always something very comforting about that ornate, old familiar music hall and those reliable, power-kicking Rockettes.

So I really wanted to take my 4 year-old this year. I just knew she would be dazzled by the entire experience.

“Hey Dylan, do you want to go see a show with Santa Claus?” I asked. My voice emanating holiday glee.

“No,” she responded, her voice much less gleeful.

“Oh. Well, there will be dancers too! And they all dance in this really straight line and kick their legs so high, you won’t believe it. Doesn’t that sound so cool? You love dancing. Do you want to go?”


“But remember last year, you loved that show with Elmo and everyone else from Sesame Street.”

“I’ll go to a show with Elmo.”

“But Dylan, this show doesn’t have Elmo but it’s going to be just as great. Umm…. I guess I could just take your sister instead.”

“Yeah, take Summer.”

What?! Oh crap. That totally backfired.

Ok. Must think of new strategy to force my kid to go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular so she can be DAZZLED.

A couple days later, I hesitantly tell Dylan I’m picking her up early at school so we can run some errands together. She is thrilled that we are taking the subway and doesn’t inquire further.

As we arrive at Radio City Music Hall, surrounded by mobs of tourists, she finally asks, “Where are we?”

“Oh, honey, we are just running some errands. Mommy needs to check this out real quick. Here, have a $10 bag of cotton candy. Do you want a bucket of popcorn too?”

That shut Miss Curious up in a hurry.

So we sit down.

And the lights dim and the orchestra starts playing.

And she is mesmerized.

Impressive dance numbers starring the Rockettes. A flying Santa. Fake snow falling from the majestic theater ceiling. Even 3D effects. Man, they really souped up this show.

And the ending – Oh my gosh. The ending! Oh wait. We missed that. Dylan got tired and wanted to check out this new car on display in the lobby.


And then she said to me,

“Mom, this car smells a lot better than our car.”

Oh, honey, that’s the magic of the holidays.

mama bird notes

On a sadder note…. My friend Rachel just wrote to me about a 12 year-old boy named Lucas Goldbaum. He has an inoperable brain tumor and his mother is trying to raise money for a very expensive, experimental vaccine that looks like Lucas’ only hope. She is trying to raise $250,000 by December 31st. Any donations are appreciated.ย  Even a few dollars.

Make your check payable to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In the check notation, please write, “In honor of Lucas Goldbaum. Mail to KC Miller, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd, Suite 2416, LA, CA, 90048.

For more information on Lucas Goldbaum and this fundraising effort, email me at kelcey@mamabirddiaries.com.

And a quick reminder… Iโ€™m giving away two $30 gift cards to The Childrenโ€™s Place. Just leave a comment on the mama bird diaries this week and you are entered. Just mention yourย  desire for one of these gift cards so I know you are interested in the giveaway. Good luck birdies!

32 Responses to the rockettes are waiting

  • Rhea says:

    It’s hilarious you had to tell her you were running errands to get her to the show. The things we do for kids. And then they just don’t appreciate it. Sheesh.

    One day, she will.

    My car doesn’t smell so fresh either. I think it’s the two boy children and the dog. It’s not ME.

  • Cathy says:

    My big childhood Christmas extravagana is The Nutcracker. I’ll never be able to con my boys into seeing it, so I’ll settle for watching it on PBS this week.

  • mayberry says:

    Aww, I love Radio City. I took my daughter to a Broadway show last night (touring production). Paid $10 for two teensy packs of choc-covered pretzels. Hey, way to make me feel like I am in NYC again!

  • Stephanie (Tyler's Mom) says:

    I have a feeling my daughter will be a lot like Dylan. I have no problem picturing her telling me to take her sibling instead of her. I wish we had something like the Rockettes here in Oregon!

  • kriste says:

    i could use a gift card as a mama of a clothes HORSE!!

    dylan sounds like my girl when she was her age…in fact, i’m going to go on a limb here and say that despite their age difference, i think our girls would get along famously.

  • Tara says:

    I’m still mesmerized by The Rockettes and they’re NOT young! I took my daughter last year to their show in Florida (she was 9) and she still talks about them and how “cool” it was with all of their legs kicking at the same height and their different form ations! Go Rockettes! You rock! Oh yeah, and I miss my new car smell!

  • tracey says:

    At least you were able to get it past her. I hate it when they REALLY outsmart me!

    So sorry to hear about Lucas… I’ll click on the link in a second…

  • ErinB says:

    “My child needs clothes!!!!!”

    ok so I have a cold and am feeling blah so that was the best way I could express that I would like a gift card :-}

    maybe your tradition with Dylan will be going…but not seeing the ending?

    so sorry to hear about Lucus- keeping him and his family in my prayers.

  • Daphne says:

    I too have a kid who’s default setting is no–even if it’s her favorite thing and she’s thrilled once there. Isn’t it fun to be kept on your toes all the time??

  • Erin says:

    what i wouldn’t give for a fantastic smelling car. what is it with kids and stinky cars? oh right, maybe it’s the dirty diapers and grahm crackers mashed into the seat and the carpet….sigh.
    ps would love a gc to children’s place.
    so jealous of you seeing the rocketts! would love to see that show! some day.

  • Kim says:

    Yah, I tried to ask my husband to take the kids to see that show..he called me crazy and never brought it up again..Maybe I can intrigue his interest that it is a car show too.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • anymommy says:

    I love that you lied to her (just a little) to take her to a christmas show. that’s fantastic. And, yeah, new cars smell so nice and unsullied by dropped food.

  • Marinka says:

    I noticed that kids today don’t fall for the reverse psychology of “maybe I should take your sister instead”. Since that’s my primary parenting tool, I’m feeling a little lost.

  • Oh, that stinks! and my backspace button just got STUck, like forever with this comment, so i hope that’s not a bad sign! just kidding, mostly. Summer will love it one day; the odds of having two unimpressed kids is unlikely ๐Ÿ™‚

  • breanna says:

    i will add Lucas to our prayer list. just last week we lost a precious 8 year old girl to a very similar sounding brain tumor. I pray God will drench his family with peace, and provide a miraculous cure.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Glad she liked the Rockettes; when she tells you she wants to see the show at The Box, you’ll know YOU ARE GETTING OLD. Happy Holidays…I’m sunning my old tushy in Florida; California’s too cold now.

kelcey kintner