Geneva waits to turn on its Christmas lights until December 1st. Being Swiss, Geneva puts their decorations up way before the first, but waits until the official start of the holidays (no Thanksgiving there) to turn them on. He loves Christmas lights and we would walk in the evenings hoping that this would be the night they were finally on. We traveled most of December, but managed to see a bit of them.
Each time I see the cranes all lit up, I smile. Thanks construction companies. You add to my enjoyment of the holidays. Clark W. Griswold would be proud of your exterior illumination.
I love it when the trees are completely covered in lights. The building is pretty cool too.
In general, I notice a lot more greenery, balls and lights in decorations over here. Perhaps we haven’t been frequenting the right places, but I haven’t seen as many Santa’s, Snowmen and Nativity Scenes. Just to be thorough, I haven’t seen any elves, angels or animals either. Not surprisingly, I haven’t seen Dickens’ era (British) or Currier and Ives (American) style decorations either. No pictures of old-fashioned Christmases with carolers, ice skaters or sleighs.
They are festive, but elegant. Oh yeah, I haven’t seen any houses done up like Clark W. Griswold’s either. Now that we are back in the states, I am on it and will try to find some.