For years, many more than I want to account for, I have gone Downtown to the Third Street Promenade to photograph the holiday decorations there. They were celebratory, without being particularly “religious” in nature! They were uplifting, and raised the spirits.

One can then imagine how disappointed I was when going on my annual Downtown Santa Monica trip to the promenade this season to find nary a decoration in sight. What a shame!

On the other hand, there is merry and bright in Santa Monica Place, and, consequently, I do not understand the disparity between Santa Monica Place and the Third Street Promenade. I can only assume that Santa Monica Place is not “publicly-owned property” and they can do what they want decoration-wise.

Santa Monica is surely the Grinch who stole Christmas!


Julia Reeves

Los Angeles

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