Saturday, December 19, 2009

20 photos of Christmas, Day 14 | The secret to reindeer magic: smoothies

A handler for the two reindeer that showed up at The Avenue Viera on Saturday shows a Planet Smoothie menu to one of the animals. I believe it chose the eggnog-hot chocolate smoothie.

A girl inspects a reindeer through the railing separating the critters from the rest of the sidewalk at the outdoor mall.

This was the one time that one of the reindeer popped its head through the railing, and I think I managed to get a pretty good shot.

Note: Because I was raised in New England, Christmas is different in Florida, but it's still Christmas nonetheless. And I need to convince myself of that. So, in the next 20 days, including the holiday itself, I intend to find Christmas here in Brevard County and portray it through a different photo each day.

Among other traditional ways to draw consumers to its outdoor shopping mall, The Avenue Viera hosted two reindeer under a tent outside one of its stores, Planet Smoothie. Not expecting to see Comet and his buddy - I'm not sure of the other's name - passersby stopped and, of course, wanted to touch. That wasn't permitted, however, as their handlers constantly reminded people of the sharp antlers that could cut them deep.

I simply thought it would be a good idea to get a few photos of people interacting with the animals, trying to sneak in a pat of their fur every now and then. One shopper thought the critters were caribou. Being from Maine, I immediately laughed at such a conjecture. Besides, caribou don't necessarily say "Christmas" like Santa's magical herd does.

After spending about ten minutes at the reindeer exhibit, I hit the streets again, braving the congested roadways to get to work.

Earlier editions
Day 1: A lighted bush and the bokeh effect
Day 2: The city tree at warp speed
Day 3: Lights' reflection on a retention pond
Day 4: More than just seasonal colors
Day 5: Golden lights during the golden hour
Day 6: Four Christmas trees and one giant ornament
Day 7: Future Santa Claus
Day 8: Ornament on a Charlie Brown-style tree
Day 9: Stars in the east during the Geminids
Day 10: Historic building a reminder of home, literally
Day 11: Cocoa Beach welcome tree at sunset
Day 12: A tree and a fountain
Day 13: The season's simplicity through children

A boy waits for something to happen after a reindeer decided to take a rest from circling in the pen.

The whole family.

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