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a glimmer of hope

It’s the happiest, brightest time of the year; the countdown to Christmas has begun!

Christmas is my favorite holiday because when I was younger, I loved looking at all of the decorated houses. There was something magical about the twinkling lights and falling snowflakes. When people think of the holidays in NYC, the first thing that comes to mind is the tree at Rockefeller Center or the window displays at Macy’s and other stores. Along with these iconic places, for me, Dyker Heights in Brooklyn is what every kid imagines the North Pole would look like. My parents always took my sisters and I there when we were young and if you haven't experienced it, I suggest you put it on your list of things to do this year.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

During the season, there is an unspoken competition between homeowners in the neighborhood to have the best holiday displays. There’s no place like Dyker Heights during Christmas time. Whether the homeowners themselves decorate or hire professionals to do the work, Dyker Heights can take the “Bah- Humbug” out of anyone. During the month of December the neighborhood overflows with visitors, and just when you think you've seen the finest on the block, the next house has outdone their neighbor. The best decorations and lights are located in between 11-13th Ave. and 83rd to 86th Street. Some homeowners even raise money to donate to their charity of choice.

Common theme along Fifth Avenue this year. 

Back in the 1870’s, Macy’s was one of the first department stores to feature Christmas window displays. The tradition they began brings a lot of attention to the City during the holiday season. This year there seems to be a common theme among stores: spread love. 

The Macy’s windows key qualities this year: believe, celebrate, togetherness, giving, love, and magic. 

Barney’s theme this year is love, peace, and joy.

Bendel's sends a message of love with a four-story installation by artist James Goldcrown. 

These window displays are a reminder to give love. Now more than ever we need to be kind to others and come together, not just for the holidays, but also for the coming year. We view this as a message of positivity in a time where the world needs it most. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

 - Darlene Miller, Designer