2012-12-26 / Front Page

Holiday Spirit Thrives

BY TONY BARSAMIAN

The holiday spirit is alive and thriving in Queens. Homes are beautifully decorated, from Long Island City to Little Neck, from Whitestone to the Rockaways. Trees, Santas, reindeer, sleighs, ornaments, toy soldiers, Mickey Mouse and a plethora of other distinguished characters abound on practically every block of every neighborhood in the largest borough of New York City. While many of the grand ornamentations are professionally mounted by decorating companies that reportedly charge a sizable fee, some are as simple as a wreath on the door.

Generally unveiled just before Thanksgiving and traditionally maintained until the Epiphany on January 6, the decorations are an attraction for both neighbors and out-of-towners. In certain parts of Howard Beach and Whitestone, lines form to view some of the interactive displays. While no homeowner was eager to disclose the electric costs for their illumination, we can speculate that it is worth the uplifted spirits surrounding them.

Children of all ages can be seen marvelling at the spectacular decorations. Some of the homes are thematically driven and feature animation that often includes famous characters from Peanuts, Sesame Street (which is shot in Kaufman Astoria Studios in Long Island City) and The Polar Express. Santa is ubiquitous, as are the elves and Mrs. Claus. Many are religiously themed, featuring the manger and baby Jesus. Artificial snow is featured in some of the more elaborate attractions.

Please send in photos of your favorite decorations in Queens by e-mail to qgazette@aol.com and give us a call if you see the Rockettes on anyone’s front lawn.

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