Sparkling Christmas Tree

Our family came to the US in December, arriving in New York City on December 8th and the city was decorated with Christmas lights.  You could imagine the culture shock when I first saw the sparkling trees inside people’s apartments in Brooklyn New York.  It seems like a long time ago and we don’t have high-rising apartments here in Hickory. What I missed the most about NYC at this time of the year is the Christmas decorations, especially the Rockefeller Center Christmas lights and storefront Holiday window displays.

Our Christmas lights here are not as grand, and one of the biggest trees in town is not as big but very sparkling in my opinion.  I was able to capture the beauty of it this year, unlike last year of this same tree.

Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, focal length 105mm, closeup cropped, cloudy, tripod mounted
Manual, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, f/22, 30sec, ISO 100, focal length 47mm, white balance cloudy, tripod mounted


  1. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming post and lovely photographs. I am so happy for you and your family to have had a good life in my country.

    • Thanks Jeffrey, I’m sure my sisters are reading this and realized that it’s closed to our anniversary in this country. I think I might be the only one in the family that remember the exact date or little details like this anymore. Life is what you really make out of it here. 🙂

    • Hi Boonie, thanks. It’s all in the camera setting, and kind of cold standing there for the long exposure shots. 🙂

  2. The date you came to America is interesting. It is also the date I came to Korea 20 years ago, not to mention the date John Lennon was assassinated in 1980.

    • Jeffrey, we came to America on December 6th, and stayed in CA for 2 days before coming to Brooklyn, NY. It was extremely cold for us, and we had a blizzard not long after that. You probably didn’t see much change in the weather, I find it interesting that Korea have similar weather like us here.

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