It doesn’t take much to make us happy in NYC, I suppose. Walking the streets, riding the subway, and taking in city sights rank right up there with visits to museums and restaurants. (See, I said it doesn’t take much.)
But we’re not alone, judging from the crowds who also love staring into holiday windows and pointing out their favorite things. This Christmas 2015 season was unseasonably warm in NYC, so some folks took advantage of the sunshine in their own sort of way.
Two stores got our vote for best windows: Lord & Taylor and Macy’s. (By no means, however, did we see them all.) We like beauty, humor and any combination of the two as well as clever interpretations of a theme — and these stores had all of that and more.
Lord & Taylor’s patisserie windows delighted us “window tourists.” Sugar-covered delicacies in bakery windows beckoned, and you could hear window peepers (like us) saying Mmmmmm while they gazed longingly at the culinary delights.
But the Peanuts children and the interactive windows at Macy’s won our vote for Best of Show. The story line of Charlie Brown being in the doldrums at what everyone considers the “happiest time of the year” made for great narrative.
And not much could cheer him up — not even Lucy’s budget psychiatry.
But as we all know, it’s not things like trees and presents that make the difference. Not even music by Schroeder.
What conjures up good feelings at Christmas? It’s friends, of course. Something Charlie Brown has aplenty.
So all is well in Peanuts land with Charlie Brown ready for the holidays and smiling at the crowd at Macy’s. You, too, can be a Peanuts friend by designing your own likeness at the store window.
And so it goes. Windows make people happy. And New York at Christmas wouldn’t be the same without ’em.
For more information:
Article: Schneier, M. “Elaborate Holiday Windows Dress Up New York Department Stores.” (November 28, 2015). New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/fashion/macys-bloomingdales-lord-and-taylor-holiday-windows.html
Photo of gingerbread house at Lord & Taylor and other NYC windows available at NYCtrip.com