A sweet, furry friend greets those who pass by the front window at CB FOX Department Store. The stuffed animal is part of the annual Los Alamos Arts Council’s holiday window display. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost
A Christmas display decorated with peppermints, candy canes and other sweet things pay homage to decorations on a gingerbread house. The tree is part of the Los Alamos Arts Council’s holiday window display at CB FOX. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
The community is being treated to some pretty sweet eye candy at CB FOX department store in downtown Los Alamos.
For the third consecutive year, the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) has erected a holiday window display at the store. LAAC board members Jan Donnelly and Debbie Huling collaborated on the display.
This year’s window was inspired by a classic holiday treat — a gingerbread house. Donnelly said the display incorporates the different decorations that can be found on a gingerbread house such as peppermints and candy canes. Donnelly explained that the different pieces in the display are a collection of items from CB FOX, decorations she owned and things that were purchased.
Huling said she is pleased with the finished product. “The candy, the color, the whole thing just came together,” she said.
Andy Fox, co-owner of CB FOX, also is happy with the window. “I want to thank Jan and Debbie from the Los Alamos Arts Council and Marlane (Hamilton) for coming up with this window for the last three years running. It adds to the Christmas spirit of our sales people and customers. We love it.”
Inspired by the elaborate holiday store window displays in New York City, Hamilton, executive director of LAAC, wanted to bring this big city holiday feature to Los Alamos. Moreover, Donnelly saw the window as an opportunity to provide a festive holiday treat for young people.
“It was Marlane’s idea to do a store window,” Donnelly said, adding that Hamilton saw it as a gift the arts council could give to Los Alamos. “My idea was to gear it to children (and) be fun for children … the window is based on something magical for children. I love children … I love seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes.”
Youngsters will definitely love this year’s display, Huling said. “It’s bright; it’s light. It’s things kids gravitate toward: the candy, the dogs, the Santa. I also think it’s good for the community and good for retail because kids will pull their parents into the store.”
Huling and Donnelly have spear-headed this project for the past three years. During that time, Huling said they have learned a few things. “For me, simple and big are the two key components,” she said.
Due to the display’s space, simple is important, Huling explained, and making things big ups the appeal and the ‘wow’ factor. Donnelly is already at work on next year’s display. It too will be a feast for the eyes; Donnelly said next year’s plan includes a gingerbread house.