Christmas carries such personal traditions for each of us. One of mine is taking place this week — an annual mid-December trip to New York City. It wouldn’t seem like the holidays without this little journey — staying in a comfy hotel with city light views, dining in favorite restaurants and trying out new ones, going to the Rockettes or a Broadway play, braving the crowds to catch a sight of the tree at Rockefeller Center and lingering in the front of the one at the Metropolitan Museum.
Basking in all the merry bustle, the glitter and the sparkle and the lights (nothing can quite match the huge snowflake suspended above the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street).
But it is the windows that so captivate me! Here is a sampling of this bejeweled theater from the emporiums for which New York is so famous — from Macy’s to Tiffany’s.
“Destination Extraordinary,” BG’s 2016 windows are “delirious remakes of the classic dioramas seen in natural history museums,” showcasing the work of specially commissioned artisans. (In my humble opinion, their last year’s window details, rendered in a total of seven million Swarovski crystals, are proving a hard act to follow).
Saks Fifth Avenue
For those with a sweet tooth…”Land of 1,000 Delights” is a nod to the fantastical imaginary land in the “Nutcracker” story.
Always known for their exquisite, small windows throughout the year which the late Gene Moore began decorating fifty years ago. Who doesn’t remember the iconic movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
And this is the New York store which first introduced decorated windows, way back in the mid-nineteenth century. In 2016, their theme “Believe” explores what Christmas means to a child (a tie-in to Macy’s campaign which raised funds for the Make A Wish Foundation). Santa’s getting ready — and some “asks” on his list are played out in 3-D.
Lord & Taylor
Peaceable Kingdoms and Enchanted Forests, Lord & Taylor’s windows capture a collection of wintry scenes filled with spirited holiday animals.
Always with their singular point of view, laced with humor and creativity. This year, Barney’s perfect-for-photo-opps windows include a charitable angle…for each image posted with a specific hashtag, their New York Foundation will donate $5 to two charities (see link).
Since one needs all their strength to “acrobat” their way through Christmas shopping in New York, I’m listing my favorite choices for dining…
BG at Bergdorf’s (7th floor)
Champagne at The Carlyle
MOMA overlooking the garden
The Clock Tower
Le Chat Noir