Friday, December 16, 2011

Seasonal delusions

I've not seen as many holiday decorations around the city this year.  I don't know if the economy is too bad, the spirit isn't there, or if it's still just too early.  Some years feel more festive than others and 2011 seems not to be high on the celebratory scale.

I've yet to venture up to midtown and look at all the department store windows along 5th Avenue.  This is an annual tradition and what I find funny is I've never been inside any of the stores.  If there was ever a year for strict window-shopping, I guess this is it.  Bergdorf Goodman never disappoints, with some of the most spectacular window displays.  Here's one of my favorites from 2008:


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!  

 --Charles Dickens

See more Bergdorf windows of yore here.