|The 66 foot (20 meter) tall Rock-N-Mode Christmas Tree is decorated with neon guitars, stars and shiny tinsel, while a constellation of star-shaped mirrors reflect the colorful glass dome.|
Let the holiday season begin! But if it's too early for you to think about glitzy decorations, shiny storefront windows and Christmas, you can always save this post for another day.
Since I'm in Paris, I'm going to follow their schedule, although I have to admit that it's a relief that Galeries Lafayette refrained from playing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" or "Deck the Halls" during the festivities last night. Not to sound like the Grinch, but there's a limit to how many times I can hear "Jingle Bells" during any given year.
By the time that I arrived at Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Hausmann yesterday evening, there was already a crowd of excited people waiting to watch British singer Charlie Winston illuminate the Christmas lights. As I was a bit early and didn't want to spend too much time standing in the drizzling rain, I went to the information booth inside the store, where the employees speak about six different languages, and asked about the time of Winston's performance. I momentarily thought about contacting Santa to ask if one of his flying reindeers could give me a lift to the rooftop terrace when they told me that the concert was reserved for members of the press but decided to save my Christmas wish for something more useful, like a new pair of boots or an Hermes scarf.
|British singer Charlie Winston addressing the crowd in French. When the Christmas lights|
didn't come on after he pressed the button, he switched to English and said "Wait for it!"
|Voila - Christmas lights!|
|In keeping with the theme, Rock-N-Mode Christmas, Kouklitas (fashion rag dolls), created by |
New York-based artist and illustrator Andrew Yang animate the store front windows.
|But best of all was watching the faces of the children...|
|...and feeling the magic of Christmas in the air. These two girls expressed their excitement about the window displays and Christmas lights to a reporter from TF1, one of the French television channels.|