Tuesday, December 11, 2007

When the Grinch came to Princeton, there was nothing to steal

Winter is really dreadful, and the one thing that redeems it is the fact that the best holidays are nicely bundled with it. There's nothing quite like walking down Fifth Avenue and taking in all the lights after the sun has gone down. There's a kind of magic that mingles in the air with the carols and the Salvation Army bells as one meanders through the Union Square Holiday Market with friends and a hot cup of cider.

Having grown up in New York I find the comparative lack of holiday cheer here to be murder. I wish the College had sprung for a nice Christmas tree and lights and garland, not to mention the equally spectacular decorations associated with the other winter holidays.

It would have made all the papers and darkness more tolerable.


Anonymous said...

Go take a carriage ride around Palmer Square with a cup of Bent Spoon hot chocolate.

Anonymous said...

and this is a multi-cultural school, in case you forgot--which would be easy to do conidering the overly-commercialized anglo-saxon country we live in. can you seriously express frustration at the lack of christmas spirit in princeton, or the US for that matter? please, spare me your tears of neglected christmas anguish!

Martha Vega said...

In response to the previous comment:
It's not just the lack of Christmas spirit that I lament, but of the more general holiday spirit.

Yes, I'd like a tree, but I'd like a decorations for all the other holidays as well, as I do believe I've stated. As you say, this is a multi-cultural school, so we should be able to enjoy and delight in our many traditions, especially in this time of year which is so special to so many different people. And for those people without a significant holiday, let them revel in the aesthetic beauty of bright lights and pretty decorations.

If Princeton is multi-cultural, then New York is so tenfold, and that doesn't prevent displays of merriment. I would posit that it encourages them.

Indeed, what's the point of having a diverse society if instead of sharing our traditions with each other, and thereby learning from them, we just sweep them under the carpet?