I love so many things about this festive season: the traditional decorations and music, the fun of buying gifts for friends and family, the Christmas cards that show up in my mailbox, the reverent preparation of Advent.
I know Christmas is beset by commercialism these days (the sale emails are piling up in my inbox), but I confess I love a festive shop window (or outdoor display). And the streets of Harvard Square, where I work, are bursting with holiday spirit.
The Brattle Square Florist has piles of fresh-smelling greens, which spill out onto the sidewalk:
I love the little birch reindeer.
The barbershop down the street has Linus, Lucy, Frosty the Snowman and the whole gang from the Claymation version of Rudolph. (Yukon Cornelius! Hermey the elf!)
I spotted this deconstructed reindeer outside a landscaper’s office.
The cupcake shop Sweet has gotten into the spirit:
At Black Ink, the display is subtle but festive. (I could spend hundreds of dollars in here.)
And the Anthropologie windows, as always, are sheer magic.
What does this season look like in your neighborhood? Any fun window displays?