Sunday, December 14, 2008
Last Friday I made my regular trek to Hampton Bays to get my hair cut and it was fun to go so close to Christmas because I enjoy seeing how the other hamlets decorate for the holidays. Each community really has such a distinct personality and at this time of the year it really shows! In Hampton Bays they have these wonderful lampposts - acorn style I believe they're called - like we have in East Hampton on Main Street. But since their sidewalks are so narrow there's no room for lighted Christmas trees so they wrap each lamppost with greens and white lights. It's quite pretty and charmingly right for their tiny Main Street. I'd like to see it at night - it must be so nice.
East Hampton's trees have taken on a slightly different look this year. In an effort to "go green" and conserve energy wherever possible, the village has begun to replace worn out light strands with LED lights. Interestingly enough, the LED lights are much more dominant in the blue and green range as opposed to the regular lights which are more orange-red dominant. The result is that every other tree along Main Street and Newtown Lane is clearly different - some more orange and red, others more blue and green. Eventually, as the old lights wear out, they'll become more consistently the same and no one will notice the difference, but this year there is no doubt about the change and I'm sure it has some people wondering what happened. But either way, East Hampton always looks really nice at Christmas.
And then there's Sag Harbor. I haven't seen it at night yet this year but for many years they've been decorating their trees along Main Street in an oddly haphazard style, making them look a bit as though someone walked along and tossed strands of lights into the air and never checking exactly where they landed. It's not quite my style - I tend to go for a bit more order in such things - but it does sort of fit the Harbor somehow. And that's all I'll say about that.
Overall I love the lights at Christmas. White, blue, multi-colored or gold - I love them all. And winter always seems so much darker when they come down in January.