Christmas Spectacular: BG Follies of 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

For my last evening in New York before Christmas, I took a walk down a misty Fifth Avenue to soak up the holiday cheer. Fifth Avenue can be punishing during the holidays with tourists and shoppers four deep on the sidewalks. But on a chilly Monday evening lightly dusted with rain, Fifth Avenue was all but empty, allowing me to enjoy the delightful displays to my heart's content. I made my yearly pilgrimage to Bergdorf Goodman to take a peek at their windows and as always, they blew me away.

Themed BG Follies of 2012, they are stunning celebrations of Art Deco ...
Ziegfeld follies ...
Vaudeville revues ...
... and all that jazz!
This Christmas has been marked by far too much anguish, from the families still rebuilding their lives after Sandy to the thousands of Filipinos devastated by Bopha to the unspeakable tragedy at Newtown last week. In the face of so much pain, I think we all feel some guilt for celebrating when so many are unable to do so. While we should, without a doubt, do everything that we can to help those who aren't as fortunate, these events should also serve to remind us about how short and fleeting life can be and how we should squeeze every bit of joy out of it while we are still able to.

Count your blessings. Hold the ones you love closer. Soak up everything wonderful that life has to offer. And my dear readers, please have the happiest holidays that you possibly can.

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