Giant red ornaments and holiday decorations on 6th Avenue. Midtown, New York City.
I have something to confess. I grew up in a household that didn’t celebrate holidays. Every winter, I would longingly imagine having a giant Christmas tree to decorate, holiday lights to string up everywhere: twinkling like little stars scattering their dream-warmth everywhere.
When I first moved out of my parent’s house at 18, I decorated the first few rooms I lived in with an abundance of holiday lights. I strung them up with great gusto along my walls year round. I spent a few years celebrating Christmas with wide-eyed wonder. Decorating a tree had never been such a joy (I still have a special love for Bing Crosby’s crooning renditions of Christmas carols).
Over the years, I haven’t really been too into holidays in general. I still have a flair for decorating my apartment but I can’t remember the last time I had a tree or even did any sort of festive decorating of my own.
What is most amusing is how absolutely into New York City holiday decorations I have been over the past few years. I eagerly wait for the beginning of December because I know that Rockefeller Center and surrounding areas of midtown Manhattan will be dolled up in their holiday finest. Tree branches are entirely ensconced with holiday lights, giant ornaments sit stop golden fountains and even street food vendors go out of their way to accessorize their food stands with holiday decorations.
The crowning glory of holiday decorating belongs to Rockefeller Center, of course (you can bet that I have tons of photos I have taken of the decorations and tree there that I will post! I have used some of them in my New York City Holiday Card designs). However, this display on 6th Avenue close to Rockefeller Center is also one of my favorites. I love how sense of scale is shifted. Giant red ornament balls sit on a fountain and everyone is dwarfed by the sheer majesty of the display.
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