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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Season Greetings to All

Tomate Farcie wishes to presents her best wishes to all
for happiness, health and prosperity
for the coming new year.

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For many people, the Christmas season is an opportunity to throw parties and get together with loved-ones and family.
For many others, the Christmas season is a lonely time.

For some, Xmas is more than anything about making money.
For most, Xmas is more than anything, about spending money.

Christmas decorations start popping up everywhere in the City right around Thanksgiving.

Traditionally, Macy's has the cutest display ever of live baby dogs and cats.
It is actually a real animal adoption event organized by the SPCA.
As you can imagine, that is possibly the most popular window in the City. Seriously, who can resist puppy love?!!

I tried to photograph the puppies but these photographs didn't come out very well. (Maybe a virtual Santa out there will give me some advice as to what kind of filter I need to get for my Canon G9 in order to take better pictures of windows displays? I sure could use the advice as I've had my share of trouble before with reflextion and window shots!)

Awww, what the heck, it's Christmas. Here is one of the puppies' shots...

I've posted the rest of the puppies' shots over here. I'm warning you, these pictures may not be technically correct but they're pretty cute! ;)

I don't know if you can see it very well on this picture, but St. Nick is sitting in front of a HUGE Bavarian cucko clock (additional close-up shots here).

We had one almost like this one when I was growing up. It had 3 weights and of course the cuckoo was coming out every hour and once every half hour. My father - who reads this blog from time to time - is going to be really surprised to see a thing like that on the blog!

Between the dogs, the cuckoo clock ("coucou" in French), the Christmas music and the ice-skating rink around the corner, for a brief moment, I thought I was having an out-of-body experience or something and was looking at my childhood again...

Usually early December, but sometimes even earlier, you can attend one of the many tree-lighting ceremonies in San Francisco. This one took place in front of the Bank of America building.

Remind me to show you in the future what it really takes to put up a giant Christmas tree like the ones I posted here. You'd be surprised!

Naturally, San Francisco decorates her cable cars!

But remember, the holiday season isn't just about Christmas.

According to the Chabad of San Francisco (a non-profit Jewish organization), San Francisco was the first city in the world to proudly display a giant Menorah in public. You can attend the lighting of the Menorah in Union Square, for 8 consecutive days in December, immediately after sun down. I happened to be there on the 4th evening (click on the link to see what happened).

By the way, did you know that every year, the U.S. Military tracks Santa's comings and goings? Now, now, I know it's tempting but don't go blaming Bush for that !!! ;) Apparently, they've being doing this since 1955.

People are increasingly concerned about the environment. Some of you are probably thinking as you are going down this post, that all these Chritsmas decorations must use up a lot of energy. And what about Santa? Have you ever wondered about Santa's carbon footprint? An airline company from New Zeland did, and came up with this idea.

Originally, I was going to post one of my favorites Christmas songs I had just found on uTube the other day, but I changed my mind and decided to make you a little "video" on Animoto instead.

What do you think?

A little over the top, maybe? Like this entire post? ;) Oh, don't worry, as soon as I get back to work I will probably get back to posting about broken cars and other equally fun stuff ;)

In the meantime, let me present my warmest season's greetings to all of you, and especially to those of you who are spending the holidays alone for whatever reason.

Peace, TF

Click here to see The 12 Days of Christmas with the King's Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (it's actually an incredible, fun performance).

Macy's puppies here

Close-up of the cuckoo clock here

Additional photographs of the Macy's window here

Macy's animal adoption events details here

Additional pictures on my photoblog

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Anonymous from cali said...

What an abundance of riches in this one post!

Macy's really has live animals in their windows? I am sorry I missed that and the Christmas tree people and the decorated cable cars, the Menorah and tree lighting. What a fantastic city!

I like the Animoto video and might try to make one myself as it's such a lovely idea.

You have such a unique blog and I look forward to your posts. This is one of my favorites for the photos, words and links. What a "valentine" to the City and your readers. Season's greetings to you!

6:38 PM  
Blogger Petrea said...

Thank you, Tomate, for sending Season's Greetings to my blog. I was already here! I clicked over to see the email coming in notifying me of your comment. I was here reading your post, getting sidetracked by the puppies and the menorah-lighting ceremony. What a great post! It must have taken you forever to put it together.

I hope your Christmas season is a happy one, and that your 2009 brings only good things your way.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" wishes you all the best in the coming New Year!

9:55 PM  
Blogger USelaine said...

Thanks Tomate! I love the Christmas trees descending the stairs, and as has been said, such an elaborate greeting post! Cheers for the new year too!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Old Lady Lincoln said...

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. I think this post you did covered about everything. Thanks for sharing. Abe's feeling a lot better than he did a week ago.

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Hi Tomate,

Nice pictures! I took many, but I never took the time to put them on my blog. Anyway… Happy New Year!!!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Eiffel Tower Suzy said...

How did you get into my head? You've captured all of my own memories of SF this season perfectly!

I hope you had the chance to see the Nutcracker this year - it's US premiere was at the War Memorial in 1944, in case you didn't already know that. Seeing it in the same house 64 years later is exhilarating.

Cheers to you.

1:48 PM  
Blogger claude said...

Pourquoi ton blog ne serait pas intéressant ???
Merci pour toutes ces photos de Noel de SF. J'aime beaucouip la photo avec Santa Claus et le coucou, et celle du tram.
Moi aussi j'ai un coucou que nous avons acheté en Alsace. Il ne sonne que toutes les heures mais il sonne chaque coup. Quand c'edst midi et que kle dernier coup a sonné, on dit ouf ! Le petit oiseau rentre dans sa maison.
Mon Ami Larry est très etonné qu'en france nous ayons des cuckoo-birds et surtout des cuckoo-clocks.
Merci pour les vidéos.
Moi aussi j'aime tout ce qui se rapporte à Noël : les repas, surtout quand je suis invitée... et les cadeaux surtout uand ils viennents des States. Mon amie m'a envoyé un ensemble chapeau et écharpe en polaire panthère. Je vais faire un post à ce sujet.
En France aussi la SPA organise des adoptions d'animaux pour faire des cadeaux, mais il semble que les vacances d'été arrivant, ils soient de nouveau abandonnés.
Je visite quatre blogs aux States.
Abraham Lincold de Brookville dans l'Ohiao, le jeune Luke Wiley de Spokane dans l'état de Washington, Abby de SLC daily photo (en ce moment elle de post plus. J'espère pouvoir la rencontrer en Juin p2009) et une certaine Tomate farcie de SF.
J'aime l'Amérique et ne me demande pas pourquoi, ça doit être dans mes gènes. En plus chez toi je peux écrire en français.
Moi aussi je te souhaite une bonne Année 2009 avec tout plein de bonnes choses. je te fais une bise.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Thanks, Tomate, for all the great stuff in that post! I had not been able to view it before today, but what a treat!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2009 will bring you its very best!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Happy New Year Tomate! Great fun to see all these SF photos. We really must get together for lunch in the new year!

5:25 PM  

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