[It took an entire year to get these posts up on the blog but finally, finally I can say my 2012 Tour de Christmas post is up.]
I love Christmas and in recent years I’ve been working on making my own traditions. That has meant hosting a cookie swap party every year. It also means something I call Tour de Christmas which is a one-day blitz of all of the likely NYC tourist destinations in Manhattan including holiday trees and windows.
My friend Nicole (AKA The Book Bandit) joined me once again for this second annual Tour de Christmas.
This year Nicole and I started at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we headed to the Renaissance wing to see the museum’s Angel Tree.
The tree arguably looks the same every year but the landscape beneath the tree seemed especially intricate this year. Also, there was an elephant:
And of course photos with both myself (left) and Nicole (right) to prove we were actually there:
After that we saw a classy gingerbread house in a store window by FAO Schwarz before heading over to Bergdorf Goodman:
Bergdorf’s 2012 windows theme was the BG Follies of 2012 with each window comprising a different act. I always love Bergdorf’s windows but some of these were my favorites not just for 2012 but ever.
Act VIII featured two handsome dancers–possibly doing a tango?
Act VII had a walrus tamer (or perhaps a trainer):
My personal favorite, ACT IV had a dog trainer:
Honestly I took so many pictures at Bergdorf that this post would be a mile long if I shared all of them so consider these the highlights (I link to all of my photos at the end of this post if you’re into that kind of thing).
Here’s Nicole with a different BG window called “By Request”
And here I am with the “Naughty or Nice” window (I was obviously nice!)
We then passed Bulgari’s strange diamond snake on our way to Tiffany’s (only to see the windows, alas).
Tiffany’s again did cute little miniature windows this time with room interiors featuring jewelry, decorations and that signature Tiffany blue.
After that it was a short walk down to Rockefeller Center. We passed a few holiday displays on the way:
Including a lego Christmas window just begging to be photographed!
Until finally we came face to trunk with the Rockefeller Center Tree.
And took some obligatory quasi holiday card shots like this one:
We will leave Rockefeller Center with a final shot of the tree that I took risking life and limb (and getting yelled at by the Center’s diligent security guards):
Then we did the Lord & Taylor windows which were okay. Unfortunately the store sets suck a high standard with their displays that this year’s windows seemed weak by comparison.
And then the Macy’s windows which were so jumbled that even now I’m still not sure what I saw. Their displays have taken a significant dip since the designers started relying so heavily on smart screen technology.
And then after the Macy’s window displays it was truly the end of the Tour de Christmas 2012.
I hope this post finds everyone in good health and high spirits whether you celebrate Christmas or a different holiday entirely (or perhaps even several at once). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, dear readers.