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T'was the night of the Macy's holiday window unveiling, when all through Herald Square, everyone was merry and trying to care. The lights were hung from all the window sills, in hopes that big sales would soon ring in their tills. The children were squashed all snug in the crowd, with ipods clenched and volume up loud. And we with our camera fought our way through, to just settle in with a really bad view.
When out on the street there arose such clatter, for it seems Santa had arrived and he looked kind of fatter. As Kermit the Frog made jokes about being green, actor Richard Griffiths read "A Night Before Christmas" and quickly fled the scene. With 7pm drawing near, and the crowd frozen through, Santa started the countdown and when he reached "two," all this fake snow dumped down and hid the store from view.
The facade lit up, the windows unveiled on cue, and all the families rushed to fight for a view. We saw gears and machinery and robots too, all sparkly and in fantastical hues. With no merchandise in the windows and only this poo, it's a wonder they sell as much as they do. The festivities over and Santa off towards Manhattan Mall, police reopened the street and yelled "Now dash away, dash away, dash away all." Or something like that.
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