I read an article this morning about all the disharmony that goes on in NYC when it comes to decorating building lobbies. One guy took the $250 budget for this season and used it to buy a water buffalo for a poor village somewhere. That didn't go over very well (a little too abstract for those under 12), so he got thrown off the committee and another guy moved in and did a pine cone/wrapped presents theme (that I think had other inclusive elements).
Boy, here in the city they're bussing in huge numbers of people from surrounding areas to do shopping. It's a little overwhelming; I take that back, it's really overwhelming!