Christmas downtown

Every year on Christmas day, I go to mass at St. James followed by brunch somewhere nearby with my family. We used to go to brunch at the Sheraton’s Pike Street Cafe but broke that tradition this year because although it is a lovely, lovely brunch, it is an extremely costly brunch and none of us wants to spend that much for it.

So this year we had our brunch at IHOP. It’s not nearly so fancy-schmancy, but their food is fine and it’s interesting to see the variety of folks having a Christmas meal out at one of the few open restaurants. (This is the IHOP at Madison & Broadway so there’s always an interesting variety of people eating there, anyway.) After we ate I said goodbye to my family and, according to my personal tradition, headed downtown to get a latte at Monorail Espresso and walk around downtown for a while.

There are always a few people out on the streets but I was surprised yesterday by just how many there were–on some blocks it seemed as if there were the same number of people out and about as there are on days when over 90 percent of the businesses aren’t closed. It didn’t surprise me that there were plenty of people at the Regal Cinema where I went to see Rocky Balboa because a lot of people have a tradition of going to see movies on Christmas, but I was surprised by the number of people just out and about since there were so many more of them than usual.

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