12.31.1998 (a)

Compared to the hustle and bustle of the previous week, December 31st is relatively calm at the moment. December 24th was a rush and tumble of parents and children strolling the city streets, merrily visiting the many Christmas trees put up all over the city.

Yes, Rockefeller Center has the main attraction, but the trees erected over the bull on Broadway, and the NYSE on Broad are somehow more festive. Perhaps it's the personal nature of them - less imposing, more inviting.

But the streets today have lost some of the expectant joy of Christmas. Perhaps it is the fact that the temperature has plunged 30 degrees since Jolly Saint Nick flew by, and now sits at a happy 20 degrees (minus 16 with wind chill).

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