holiday clean up.
07 February 2012
All over Tbilisi, Christmas lamps and lights were hung for the months of late November, December and January. Massive chandeliers swung from several of the grander avenues, wire peace doves swung overhead on neighborhood thoroughfares and little twinkling stars dotted the bridges of the city.
I literally watched in awe as beat-up trucks of lights drove through town this last Fall and older gentlemen slowly hoisted them on ladders and connected them to the city's power supply. On more than one occasion I wondered why it all was taking so long. Days of decorating turned into weeks of decorating and then... all of the decorations hung, unlit, for more weeks. And, then? Finally, as January 7th approached (Orthodox Christmas), the city lit in a spectacular fashion. The ordinarily steely grays and dead leaf browns that make up the city's winter color scheme lit with white creamy bursts of light.
And as we approach mid- February, the removal process is (still) underway. The weeks upon weeks of decorating is, inevitably, followed by weeks upon weeks of de-decorating.