Macy’s Putting Finishing Touches On Christmas Windows

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 150 artists and designers have been working overtime at Macy’s, preparing to unveil this year’s Christmas display windows at the State Street store.

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“This is the tradition,” Macy’s visual director John Jones said during a behind-the-scenes preview. “I think the unique part about our windows, and especially this year, is they always have a positive message.”

The theme this year is “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Jones said his favorite part of this year’s display is the one depicting Virginia’s bedroom.

“If you notice the bedspread within this room, this is Virginia’s room, where she actually writes the beloved letter,” he said.

Virginia’s letter, written in 1897, was answered in an editorial in a New York newspaper that included the “Yes, Virginia” line.

The sets at Macy’s are made entirely of paper; very detailed paper. The fake snow on the windows is made from kosher salt.

“We changed the size and scale of the windows to better represent like a jewel box scenery,” Jones said. “We think that works better with the paper technique.”

“We have things that are gonna move, things that slide. We have a crazy librarian that floats through the air,” he added.

The windows will be unveiled on Saturday, Nov. 6.

  • Leah

    What is the point in stating that the librarian is crazy? Not nice

  • Karen Roz

    Hi, I sure hope SOMEONE can assist me! I have been looking around all over town for 2 weeks for a white Christmas tree, a certain size and diameter and have been unable to find one….until today when I shopped at Macys on State Street. I work close, as I work for the Chicago City Council for the past 29 years, and went shopping there today . I saw the tree that I want, and am trying to find out where it was purchased because the tree at the store is exactly what I am looking for. Please if someone can contact me, Id appreciate it.

  • Donna

    Why, Leah, we all know that librarians,particularly children’s librarians and early childhood teachers are a bit “fantasy-ish” right?

  • Roberta

    Once again Macy’s fails to live up to the standard set by Marshall Field. The windows were boring. There were no crowds huddling around as there have been in years past. Fewer windows are used. It looked cheaply done, was without inspiration, and dul

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