Saturday, December 16, 2006

Denver Holiday Lights

One of the annual traditions in Denver is the lighted holiday display at the City and County of Denver building (City Hall). This building lies across Civic Center Park from the Colorado Capitol building, and faces it. It is also just a short walk away from the U.S. Mint that manufactures our coins. On the way home from my company's holiday party at Coors Field tonight, I stopped to take a few photos. These are of the front of the building, which faces east. Here are two of them for you to enjoy.

The display has not been without controversy. The city has a creche on the front steps, which has raised First Amendment issues, but remains as part of the larger display. The display says "Merry Christmas" on one side, and "Happy New Year" on the other. When current mayor John Hickenlooper came into office, he proposed changing the Christmas greeting to the more inclusive "Happy Holidays", since the building belongs to all Denverites. The uproar was too much, so Hickenlooper relented, and "Merry Christmas" remains.

All controversy aside, the lights are breathtaking, and these pictures cannot really convey the impact of seeing them in person. Click on the photos to see a larger version.

Happy Holidays to all!

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