Sunday, December 20, 2020

Amidst The Craziness, Fond Memories Of . . . . CHRISTMAS!

There's no denying it.
Christmas is not quite the same this year. Social distancing has put a crimp in it. And many of the special treats of Christmas are just not there this year.
For example, we haven't made our annual trip to New York to take in all the special treats of the Big Apple during the Christmas season -- the spectacular decorations at the stores and businesses along Fifth Avenue and elsewhere. Some (like Lord & Taylor) are gone. Others, aren't on display so as not to attract crowds.
Still, we're bringing you some photos from years past of Christmas in New York just in case you've forgotten how grand it can be. And we hope that's the way it will be next year at this time.
But Christmas doesn't always have to be grand and spectacular.
As you look at these photos, 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!

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.

Bulgari Jewels.

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.

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