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Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

I drove down our street tonight to run an errand and noticed that some neighbors already have their holiday lights up. The majority of the homes in our area were built between 1920 and 1930, so the formal rooms are large with big front windows, perfect for displaying a Christmas tree.

It’s nice to head out after dark and look at the trees lit in the windows. I’ve seen tall trees, fat trees, flocked trees in pale blue, pink and white.  

Some of my favorite windows are the incredibly innovative holiday windows at the local shops, which utilize vintage items like Flexible Flyers, red Radio Flyer wagons and once-loved teddy bears.

There’s a wonderful display of windows on Union Squre in San Francisco. Gumps on Post Street is a purveyor of luxury goods. Their post holiday sales are spectacular and their windows this time of year are absolutely drool-worthy. Macy’s on Union Square, in conjunction with the SPCA, has puppies and kittens eligibile for adoption in their window. Needless to say, it’s a huge hit every year. And though it’s not a window, the tree on the first floor of Neiman-Marcus, located beneath the glorious dome in the old City of Paris department store, is another must see. 

The big daddy of holiday windows is in the Big Apple. Bergdorf Goodman’s window displays are always fabulous, but during the holidays, it’s exponentially fabulicious. Bergdorf’s publishes a book on their renown window displays. I’d love a copy, but it’s five-hundred-and-fifty dollars. Not one gulp but two.

Here’s a link to some beautiful holiday themed windows. Enjoy!

Best Christmas Window Displays – New York Holiday Window Displays.

Are there holiday windows where you live that are a must see?