This evening was the fiftieth anniversary of the lighting
of the "World's Tallest Christmas Tree."
Each year, lights are strung from the Indianapolis
War Memorial on the Circle, the surrounding trees are
wrapped in lights and candy canes and toy soldiers
are stationed all around. This is done the day after Thanksgiving,
which marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping
season, when all the most sparkly displays are
shown in the stores, the laciest camisoles, the most
satiny of bows - not to mention the most outlandish
gimcrackery, and gimmicky tools for the men.
The Indianapolis Power & Light Company debuted
window displays, re-creating some of Norman Rockwell's
most famous Christmas illustrations.
The one above caught my eye because the figure
closely resembles my brother, Doug, who's
going to be pretty astonished to see himself depicted
astride a rocking horse. The second one shows a young
boy, fallen asleep while "Miracle on 34th Street"
plays on the family television.