New York City and Christmas were simply made for each other.
The entire city comes alive at this time of year in a panoply of color, festivity and spectacle.
And nowhere is this more evident than in midtown Manhattan.
Even with the terrible storms and floods that New York has experienced this fall, this year is no exception -- Christmas goes on as always. The store windows dazzle with lavish displays and tempt you with sumptuous gifts.
So, these exclusive photos fresh from Gotham are our Christmas gift to you -- to remind you that Christmas is meant to be big, bold, excessive and all-pervasive.
But remember that it's also simple: the wonder in a child's eyes, a heartfelt gift to the needy, the scent of fresh pine or balsam, your silent prayer at the manger, the extra greenbacks that you drop into that Salvation Army red kettle, the card that you send to a member of our armed forces defending our nation, a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace, the wondrous joy of Christmas morning and your own thanks that you can once again share it all with those you love.
Keep Christmas -- keep it quietly in your heart and share it openly, confidently, proudly and generously with the whole world!
|The super kids, Nick and Alex at the Penn Station Christmas tree.|
Two photos above: Macy's windows tell the story of Christmas at Macy's
Six photos above: Our favorite windows this year - Keeping Christmas Traditions at Lord & Taylor.
Three photos above: The model train display at the Railroad Museum in Grand Central Station.
Two photos above and one below: The grand Christmas tree and wreath at the Met Life Building.
Three photos above: Saks windows.
Two photos above: the huge, inspiring manger at St. Patrick's Cathedral and carolers outside St. Pat's.
|The Tree at Rockefeller Center.|
|The spectacular entrance to Henri Bendel.|
|Harry Winston's Rare Jewels of the World.|
Five photos above: The lavish window displays at Bergdorf Goodman.
Three photos above: Inside Tiffany's, including the incredible (and priceless) Tiffany diamond.
Two photos above: The Christmas tree at Trump Tower and Mr. Trump's pointsettias.
|The oversized set of Christmas lights on Sixth Avenue.|
Two photos above: Times Square at night and the Empire State Building.
All photos copyright 2012 by Dan Cirucci.