The Shock of the Old

Strange Days at Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware

If fake snow and reissued greeting cards and reproduction art deco calendars aren't enough, Restoration Hardware suggests that you illuminate the upcoming holidays with slender, 10-inch-tall tapers they describe as being available in "intelligent" colors. These Proust-spouters will bathe your Arts and Crafts dining room in a lovely glow.

illustration: Jorge Colombo

Or you can just flick the overhead light, throw on a pair of running shorts and a pashmina shawl, turn on the TV, and watch the ball drop.

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