It's been really cold here in Northern Virginia lately. Cold and mostly cloudy and damp. And in that kind of weather, I tend to hibernate; which means I just stay indoors and mope. But over the weekend we had a bit of a break in the wintry weather - Saturday was sunny and not quite as cold. So M and I took that opportunity to venture out for a visit to Old Town Alexandria, to do a little sight-seeing and window-shopping (and shoe shopping, but that's another story). Thought I'd share a few of the photos I took of some of the seasonal decorations. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Old Town is always one of my favorite places to visit during the holidays. All the home and shop owners usually go all-out, in a sort of decorating frenzy.
This year the mood seemed to be a bit subdued compared to other years. Don't know if it's because of the economy, or just a general attitude change, but it all felt a little less exuberant than I've seen it in the past. And I also noticed a tendency to use more artificial decorations and less real greenery, flowers and fruit. And, of course, lots more of those awful LED lights.
Still a lot of very pretty stuff around, though.