December 11th, 2015
When I was a child my mother took me to see the windows at the Eaton store, which started my love affair with the magical world of Christmas windows. Over the years one of my favourite displays are the Bergdorf Goodman windows in New York - a pilgrimage for the romantic who wants to be transported into a fairytale world imagined by a mad artistic scientist.
My other favourite windows are the Hermès windows in Paris. One year I was there they had coloured branches and a different colour theme for each window. I don’t always have the pleasure of travelling at this time of year, but Toronto does not disappoint. My passions were rewarded this week as I strolled out of my office on Yonge Street to view my vote for two of Toronto’s best: Parterre Flowers and Putti.
Both are located between Roxborough West and Macpherson streets, and as I passed by they made me stop and pause with delight. I anoint “Parterre Flowers “ the newest floral superstar with their Christmas season’s white angel figure. I have driven by many times and my eyes always linger on the gown covered in white flowers, and the mystical figure for all to see. I am not sure what to make of this mysterious figure, but I am drawn to the purity and simplicity. I see her as emblematic of what we strive for at this time when the days become shorter and our celebrations become longer- a beacon for us all.
Putti’s approach is different but no less rewarding. Embracing the maxim that you can never have too much of a good thing, they always brings out all the stops in their windows. This year they have also gone with a white theme in the form of white flocking, layers of green boughs covered in clear white bulbs, and an atmosphere of delicious excess.
I hope you can also catch the bug and experience these delightful moments that can pull you into the magic of this time of year.