serendipity day

December 20 means it’s time to celebrate Serendipity Day! I’m reposting this from last year to share the magic of this very special day with you. Here’s to fate, soul mates, and always following your heart.


Today is Serendipity Day, aka Serendipity Do-Da, aka Do-Da Day.

You would probably like an explanation.

If you didn’t see the movie Serendipity, then not to be bossy? But you really need to go ahead and do that. It’s all about fate and destiny and energy and has some awesome New York scenes. Even if you did see it, you probably didn’t pick up on the fact that Jonathan and Sara meet on December 20. I’m obsessive about those sorts of details, so I totally did. And immediately made a note that December 20 will always and forever be known as Serendipity Day.

When they meet, Jonathan and Sara are in Bloomingdale’s trying to grab the same pair of gloves. You know how sometimes you meet someone and there’s this instant, amazing connection? That’s what happens to them. So of course they can’t just go their separate ways. They have to go to Serendipity 3 (which is only a few blocks away – love the accuracy) for frozen hot chocolates. And then they go ice skating in Central Park. It’s one of those magical New York nights, filled with excitement and possibility.

Sara Thomas and Jonathan Trager at Serendipity

But then.

When Jonathan writes down his number for Sara, the wind blows it away. She thinks it’s a sign that they’re not meant to be together. Or at least, not right now. She’s all about fate and destiny. So she makes him write his name and number on the back of a five-dollar bill, which she immediately uses to buy mints. Sara’s idea is that if the five-dollar bill makes its way back to her, then they’re meant to be together.

Good, right?

If you’ve read Something Like Fate, you can understand why I love this movie. I love it so much that my friend Joe and I celebrate Serendipity Day by reenacting the original Serendipity Day’s events. First, we put our names in at Serendipity. There’s usually a three-hour wait for a table. I’m not exaggerating. Around the holidays, is it a gorgeous winter wonderland in there, all sparkly lights and trees and tinsel. Everyone wants in. But it’s cool because we need those three hours for the rest of the events. We head over to Bloomingdale’s, where we both grab a pair of gloves at the same glove counter. That counter doesn’t have gloves anymore so we have to bring the gloves over, but it still counts. Then it’s off to Wollman Rink in Central Park. It is always the Coldest Night Ever when we do this. I don’t know how to ice skate, so we kind of just stand there and watch the glittery skyline and send positive energy out into the Universe.

Sara Thomas and Jonathan Trager at Wollman Rink in Central Park

Then it’s frozen hot chocolate time! In the movie, Jonathan and Sara get red and blue straws in theirs. But we always get regular straws. So I asked about the red and blue ones and found out that they don’t have those anymore. But those frozen hot chocolates are the best in the world, so who cares? If Joe and I are each at a point in our lives where we’re single, we take out a five-dollar bill and write our name and number on the back. Then we give them to the waiter as part of his tip. Not that anyone ever called us. But that’s not the point. The point is that we put our energy out there. The city is magic. It makes magical things happen.

Sara Thomas and Jonathan Trager, reunited

So. How can you celebrate the Do-Da Day if you’re not here in New York? Well, if you’re already with your soul mate, you can make frozen hot chocolates and call it a day. But if you are still searching, send positive energy out into the Universe today. Take some time to write in your journal. Visualize what you want life to be like with your soul mate. And make a plan to take steps towards finding them. All of these things will help you get closer to turning your dream into reality.

Oh, and P.S.? Serendipity is also home of the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae, served in a Baccarat crystal goblet (which you get to take home), made with the world’s most expensive chocolate, and covered in 23K edible gold leaf:

Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity

Happy Serendipity Day!

10 thoughts on “serendipity day

  1. This post was fabulous! You might surpass me in your love for the show (it’s close) but I absolutely adore it and I loved reading how you recreate the memories!!! Keep sending those positive thoughts into the universe!!!

    • Of course! The Universe knows to expect positive thoughts from me every day. That’s actually how I begin each day. I have a little ritual, just me and the Universe kicking it. Important: I will be watching Serendipity tonight. This will have to make up for not being able to visit Serendipity for frozen hot chocolates this year. Maybe you’ll be watching, too 🙂

    • I’m especially sad to be missing my Serendipity Do-Da today. The weather is awesome! It’s 45 degrees right now. Seriously, it’s always like 13 degrees with wind gusts up to 40 mph on Serendipity Day. We freeze our butts off. But it’s worth it to recreate the magic of this auspicious occasion. Hope you get to visit Serendipity soon!

  2. Today is my brother’s birthday, so I might have some trouble thinking of December 20th as anything but his birthday. I absolutely believe in serendipity, and I will be needing to see this movie, but in my family today is a day of cake and presents and birthday wishes for my brother. I’ll be telling him that today is also serendipity day, but that’s more of something I believe in than him. I am glad that there is a day for serendipity, though. I could use a day like that in the year. Happy serendipity/birthday day!

  3. Serendipity Day is my birthday! 😀 (I’m a little behind on reading blog posts this week!)

    So THAT’S the place that has the $1000 sundae. Have you ever had it? Heehee. I thought there was something else expensive in it as well. I remember watching a lady on the Food Network who had saved to treat herself to that sundae. She said it was totally worth it.

    • You have the best birthday EVER. Happy belated birthday to you!

      Wow, she said it was totally worth it? If I had unlimited resources, then yeah, I would take some friends and party down with the Golden Opulence. Always dreaming big…


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