The streets were crowded and the grocery store busy, things you experience when you are grocery shopping on Christmas day. Many wonderful lights and a orchestra playing in the cable car, did help with the spirit. Not to mention the large Christmas tree we put up in our apartment! Christmas was different without family but modern day technology did make it possible for us to watch the grandkids open gifts over skype, not quite the same as being there but very enjoyable non the less. All in all it was a Merry Christmas.