Macy’s Washington Street displays…

…bespeak the gift of entertaining, with mostly traditional themes.

Have a look!

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But…these beautiful vitrines were not created by Macy’s display staff!

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It’s really nice to know that the students seem very interested in carrying on Christmas traditions…and my congratulations to all of them…it’s a marvelous display!

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Merry Christmas to all, and don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa, and some treats for the reindeer, too!

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Getting out of the cold at Macy’s

Last Saturday, my trek to downtown Chicago included a quick stop at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) on State Street to view the Great Tree in The Walnut Room restaurant.

These huge, holiday trumpets were first used some eight years ago, and Macy's continues with this tradition. I wasn't able to get any decent shots of the animated window displays, and as I was chilled to the bone, I hurried inside.

These huge, holiday trumpets were first used by Marshall Fields some eight years ago, and Macy’s continues with this tradition.
I wasn’t able to get any decent shots of the animated window displays, and as I was chilled to the bone, I hurried inside.

The decorations were pretty much the same as last year's, but quite impressive nonetheless!

The decorations were pretty much the same as last year’s, but quite impressive nonetheless!

I made my way up to the 8th floor, to look down on the Great Tree, taking a few close-ups of the sumptuous ornamentation--the huge, bright stars...

I made my way up to the 8th floor, to look down on the Great Tree, taking a few close-ups of the sumptuous ornamentation–the huge, bright stars…

...and the gold, silver and copper splashes festooning this almost 40 foot tree!

…and the gold, silver and copper splashes festooning this almost 40 foot tree!

Making my way through the crowds, I ventured down an escalator to the 7th floor, to get a 'full' tree shot. The Walnut Room was packed with diners, long waiting lines and oh-so-many people! It's a real plum to be able to dine under the Great Tree, and I and others are so very pleased that Macy's has kept this tradition since the takeover of Marshall Fields.

Making my way through the crowds, I ventured down an escalator to the 7th floor, to get a ‘full’ tree shot.
The Walnut Room was packed with diners, long waiting lines and oh-so-many people!
It’s a real plum to be able to dine under the Great Tree, and I and others are so very pleased that Macy’s has kept this tradition since the takeover of Marshall Fields.

I had finally warmed up, and just had to get away from the crowds but…

...I saw these, and saw the sign "SALE--all silver jewelry 50% off" and succumbed immediately! After the discounts had been taken, I paid $11.81 plus tax for this $35.00 pair of beauties!

…I saw these, and saw the sign “SALE–all silver jewelry 50% off” and succumbed immediately!
After the discounts had been taken, I paid $11.81 plus tax for this $35.00 pair of beauties!

Ooooh!  Merry Christmas to ME!

A (last) Short Walk through Macy’s Holiday Lane: Part 4

There were some pretty 'nutty' Nutcrackers...

There were some pretty ‘nutty’ Nutcrackers…

...and a gorgeous silver tree, decorated in reds and greens so cheery...

…and a gorgeous silver tree, decorated in reds and greens so cheery…

...and crystals so clear, near every type of glass ornament you could want...

…and crystals so clear, near every type of glass ornament you could want…

...but the best part was Mrs. Claus, smiling in her 'all-knowing Mrs. Claus way"!Say...I wonder what her first name is?

…but the best part was Mrs. Claus, smiling in her ‘all-knowing Mrs. Claus way”!
Say…I wonder what her first name is?

There were so many images…

…I decided to turn Macy’s Christmas Windows into a short video!

Enjoy…and have a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!

A Short Walk through Macy’s Holiday Lane: Part 3

This beautiful ribbon really stood out, but I'm not so sure about the blue feather wreath!

This beautiful ribbon really stood out, but I’m not so sure about the blue feather wreath!

Love this cute little owl, sitting on a branch of a white tree...so very cheerful, isn't it?

Love this cute little owl, sitting on a branch of a white tree…so very cheerful, isn’t it?

The same tree held a few sock monkeys (I didn't realize owls and monkeys got along that well!), and many other splendid little ornaments in red and green!

The same tree held a few sock monkeys (I didn’t realize owls and monkeys got along that well!), and many other splendid little ornaments in red and green!

These steel branches were hung from a high ceiling with care!  I love the idea of a Christmas ball (or any ornament!) mobile...and just might make one yet this season!

These steel branches were hung from a high ceiling with care! I love the idea of a Christmas ball (or any ornament!) mobile…and just might make one yet this season!

A Short Walk through Macy’s Holiday Lane: Part 2

HO, HO...HELLO!

HO, HO…HELLO!

There are tiny Nutcrackers...and HUGE ones, too!

There are tiny Nutcrackers…and HUGE ones, too!

So many Father Christmases...I don't know which to choose, do you?

So many Father Christmases…I don’t know which to choose, do you?

Of course, the good Mouse family ALWAYS carries a camera, just like me!

Of course, the good Mouse family ALWAYS carries a camera, just like me!

In Macy’s Walnut Room

"The Great Tree"

“The Great Tree”

The Great Tree is a tradition Macy’s continues to celebrate, after occupying the huge former Marshall Field’s store at Washington and State Street, where the very first Great Tree was erected in 1899! It is approximately forty-five feet tall, and almost touches the ceiling of the two-story Walnut Room Restaurant!  The ornaments and theme change every so often, and this is totally different than last year’s Great Tree!