Here are the Hyatt Arcade in downtown Cleveland, the Christmas season is still in the air. The bunting is hung on the bright metal railings, the lights are strung along the facades, and down at the far end of the arcade is the Christmas tree, still fully lit and adorned with a star. Christmas is more than two weeks past, but I don’t mind holding on to it a little bit longer.
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When I arrived at the Mayflower in Washington, D.C. today, the staff was taking down the Christmas decorations — a sure sign that the holiday season is over, a new year has begun, and it’s time to get back to work. I did manage to arrive before all of the flourishes were removed, however, and therefore got to enjoy this very pretty arrangement of Christmas trees adorning the gleaming first floor ballroom hallway.
It’s not hard to find the traditional Christmas colors of red and green down here, in the lush tropical vegetation, to put the visitor in the proper holiday frame of mind.
From the shores of the Caribbean — where one holiday celebrant in St. John’s, Antigua, danced under Christmas decorations while wearing a Viking helmet, a rag skirt, a tunic, and underneath it all a t-shirt covered with characters from the Fat Albert cartoon show– we wish our friends and readers a very merry and perhaps somewhat zany Christmas.
Posted in Music, Photography, Travel, World, tagged '80s music, Addicted To Love, Antigua, Christmas, Christmas Eve, Drinks, English Harbour Rhum, Photography, Robert Palmer, Santa Claus, Travel, World on December 24, 2012 | 1 Comment »
We’re out on the front porch, drinking rum drinks made with English Harbour Aged 5 Years Rhum (distilled right here on Antigua), listening to ’80s music (Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love was one of the greatest videos every, wasn’t it?), looking at the plunge pool and the lights twinkling across the bay, and waiting for Santa Claus to make his visit. Only a few hours to go!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
If you’re finding yourself lacking in Christmas spirit, there’s one sure cure — the distinctive vocal stylings of Slim Whitman, the yodeling troubador who sold records by the carload on late-night TV in the 1980s. His memorable rendition of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is a holiday classic.
This year’s holiday decorations at the Easton Town Center shopping center here in Columbus are just beautiful. The towering, blue-lit pine tree placed in the fountain on the north side of the Easton development, with its lights reflected in the fountain pool, is especially striking.
We went to the Apple Store for our iPad purchase, and the Easton shopping center is all dolled up for the holidays. They have a horse-drawn carriage making the rounds, driven by groomsmen in old-fashioned clothing. When this relic of a traditional 19th-century Christmas passes by under the dazzling electric light display, it’s a bit jarring — but it’s a pretty scene nevertheless.
Folks, we’re really closing in on Christmas. This weekend Richard will be returning home, I’ll finally be doing my long-delayed holiday baking, and it will seem a lot more like Christmas as a result.
When I think of Christmas, I think of Christmas music — particularly choral music. My idealized vision of a perfect Christmas moment is this kind of choral rendition of Silent Night, in a beautiful high key with the simple melody soaring, as I stand with a glass of full-bodied red wine in hand and look out on snow falling gently through a dark night sky, knowing that Kish and the boys are at home with me, safe and sound and ready for our holiday celebration.
I like the ethereal feel of twirly lights in bare trees as a general rule, but I particularly like how these creative neighbors set things up so that the twirly lights in the trees are linked with the lights along the roofline.