Despite all the marketing around christmas, one of the things that I love about this time of the year is that people go out into the streets. Be it because they want to ice skate in the arena, go on the caroussel, window shop or see the christmas lights, the fact is that they go out in the streets and give life to the city. Street performers come out, chestnut bakers, shoe polishers, you name it. Much much better than shopping centers. I just love to walk around the streets watching such life around me.