Who are these men and women dressed as Santa Claus or Santa's helpers
that were crossing the Brooklyn Bridge this past Saturday?
They were participants in New York City's version of the annual "Santa Con" pub crawl. According to Wikipedia: "Santa Con is a mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill." A few of my daughter's friends participated this year and these are their photographs that they posted on facebook.
It certainly is a fun sight to see so many Santa Clauses in one place!
While Santa is making a list and checking it twice,
all of New York City is getting ready for Christmas!
The stores along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan are all dressed in their holiday finery.
Office buildings in Manhattan are decorated with gigantic wreaths....
...and almost every building lobby holds a Christmas tree.
Almost everything in New York City seems so larger than life during the Christmas season.
From the wooden soldiers that are standing guard...
and the large toy train display, and...
the Christmas tree ornaments, and...
Christmas tree lights that decorate the fountains outside the publishing houses on 6th Avenue.
Another Santa Claus was sighted near Radio City Hall,
and this delighted little girl had her photo taken with him.
But no visit to New York City would be complete without a visit to Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
..to see its beautiful Christmas tree, and ...
..its beautiful life size Nativity scene.
Whether large ....
...or small, like this window Nativity scene in a Greenwich Village store front,
the most beautiful message of the Christmas season is waiting for the birth of Christ.
I'm linking this post to Outdoor Wednesday on Susan's blog A Southern Daydreamer.