Sunday, December 28, 2008


In Charleston, South Carolina, pine boughs, apples, pomegranates and pineapples are the decorations of choice during the holiday season. Plastic Santas and blinking reindeer are not especially welcome in the historic parts of town. Symmetry reigns along the streets lined with elegant brick homes. Symmetry can be boring. But here the carefully placed topiaries are set off by the curves of the arches and the wreaths. It almost made me stop wondering what happened to all the blinking reindeer.