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Lord & Taylor Got Local Kids to Design their Holiday Windows

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Now that all of the major department stores have revealed their holiday windows, it's time to examine them in more detail. For the next couple weeks, we'll be running galleries of key holiday displays across the city. Then, we'll hold a vote to determine the greatest Christmas windows of 2011.

Anna Fischer, 12/9/11

Lord & Taylor's holiday windows started with a 1941 Carl Wilson sketch that asks "What is Christmas made of?" The department store asked kids in Women in Need shelters and local schools to try to answer that question, then created five windows based on the results. What you can't tell from the slideshow above: Those cute figures acting out holiday tableaux are mechanical—and they move. The kids get full credit, too; 125 of their photos are hanging in the background.

Want more? Peruse all of Lord & Taylor's holiday windows since 1952 right here, or check out the store's "making of" video after the jump.

· What Is Christmas Made Of? [Lord & Taylor]
· Holiday Windows, Past & Present [Lord & Taylor]
· All holiday window coverage [Racked NY]