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Op-Ed: Winter arrives at Fair Oaks Mall, but where's Christmas? Special

By Leigh Goessl     Dec 4, 2011 in Lifestyle
Fairfax - Despite the warm temperatures the Washington area has been enjoying since Thanksgiving, winter has definitely arrived at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Va.
Shoppers heading to the Fair Oaks Mall are met with a winter wonderland to welcome in the holiday season.
The decorations are full of pretty silvers, whites and baby blues which signify winter's arrival. Visitors get a sense of brisk temperatures and lots of snow.
As one walks through the mall, trees covered in fluffy snow can be seen throughout the bottom level, with the showcase in the center of the mall being the Ice Palace, this is where Santa greets the children.
Surrounding Santa are images and decorations that depict Arctic conditions and scenery with polar footage from BBC Earth. On the mall's website its described as, an "immersive winter wonderland" which features "a soaring 22’ dome, a magical snow and light show and amazing polar footage from BBC Earth."
While the footage is nice, and the overall decorations are pretty, the one notable absence in this winter wonderland appears to be Christmas. With the exception of a few stores which decorated with the traditional themes one might expect to see during the holiday season, there are hardly any traditional reds and greens to be found in the mall at all.
The second floor is very bland, almost a sterile sort of feeling, with a few strands of lights hanging here and there. However looking down, one does get a feeling of winter. But Christmas? Not really...just a prettied up mall in time for winter as people shop for the holidays.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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