This Holiday Season, Central New York has been white, grey and cold! Fortunately, December traditionally warms us up a bit as it sparkles with the twinkling glow of Menorah Candles, the soft gleam of red, black and green Candles of Kwanzaa, and with the brightly colored lights wrapped ‘round a freshly cut Yuletide Tree. As Teddi Caltabiano (Liverpool 2011) writes:
Sidewalks gleam Holiday lights softly shine Christmas in the ‘Cuse
A nighttime drive through Syracuse’s snowy streets can indeed be a visual delight. Varicolored Christmas lights and decorations adorn neighborhood lawns, lampposts, doorways and rooftops. Lit up Christmas Trees can be spied through curtained windows and storefronts, too. From our 2004 Series of Posters, artist Elizabeth Crosby beautifully captures such a scene using poet, Beth Miller’s captivating words:
A Christmas Tree glows / Through windows of memory / Jasper Street – my home
A drive around Clinton Square on a snowy December night will make you smile, too, as warmly dressed ice skaters, laughing and singing, fly past the City’s brightly lit Christmas Tree. This giant of a tree is covered from top to bottom with glistening lights of red, blue, green, yellow! It’s the perfect backdrop for the Square’s rink as delightfully imagined in this poster from our 2003 Series. The haiku was written by frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Robert Gaurnier and illustrated by former Syracuse University Illustration student, Erick Ledesma, now a busy Studio Artist living in his homeland of Puerto Rico.
around Clinton Square / flakes of falling snow dissolve / on Christmas tree lights
And, lest we forget, Nan Gartner (Fayetteville 2010) reminds us of the warm light of the moon, too:
December snowflakes Fall by moonlight on late night strollers in the square
Wishing you a de-light-ful Holiday Season!