The Jordan Marsh Christmas display

Jordan Marsh at Christmastime

The BPL has put up a ton of Leslie Jones winter photos, including this one of the Jordan Marsh nativity scene in 1950. Also see the Christmas displays at other long gone downtown stores, including Gilchrist's, R.H. White, Houghton and Dutton and Jordan Marsh in 1957.

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Wow, what a treat to see

Wow, what a treat to see these pictures. As a kid, an annual tradition for us was meet Dad after work on Summer street and to spend an evening taking in all the Christmas displays and dinner at Dini's. What is now Downtown Crossing would be lit up with Christmas lights, trees, Santas and all kinds of wonderful window dressings. As a child it was all so magical, and still is.

Me, too.

My Mom would bundle us up and we'd all take the Blue Line in from Beachmont to go to Jordan's and then after we'd go to Bailey's for sandwiches and ice cream.

Need zoning permits

Likely, any store wishing outdoor display signage and decoration changes needs to apply to the City zoning board for permission. At that time, people of other religions including atheism could protest and block the permits, if not the board itself. The board might order a structural analysis to ensure added weight was safe.

Environmentalists would protest if the lights are not expensive LED types and efficient.

Police would protest that pickpockets would feast on distracted crowds.

Great Displays!

These ornate, over the top were visual feasts. Now we have tiny windows containing cheap throw away decorations.

These older grand displays are a thousand times better than the measly display at Macy's. The "holiday tree" mounting the building's canopy at least in the past was a glory of color. Now it's just a super sized street lamp. Same goes for all the houses that are decorated in just white lights because it is "tasteful." It's not tasteful; it's boring and pretentious.

Xmas (or holiday if needed) decorations seem to following the same direction of architecture: boring exercises in monotony. A capitalist version of dullard Soviet architecture that eliminates the decorative qualities that give a sense of wonder and soul.