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Lack of Holiday Spirit in a Mall; in Boca, it's Pastor vs. Menorah!

Stories of Seasonal Decorating is a particularly relevant Curbed National feature in which we commemorate the countdown to Christmas by rounding up decor happenings in neighborhoods, small towns, and cities across our fair continent and publishing 'em at various points throughout the month. Got a local tale of your own? Send it along to the tip line.

DENVER, COLO.— The Denver Post takes a look at Boettcher Mansion,the Colorado Governor's residence that Governor-Elect John Hickenlooper may or may not move into. There are some great shots of grand, gracious holiday decor. [Denver Post]

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO— One resident was so flabbergasted by the "minimalist" holiday decor at the local Mapleview Centre mall that she contacted the mall administration. "Mall employees, too, are concerned," reports one article. "Many say they've been inundated with questions from shoppers about the sparse decorations and Mapleview's general lack of seasonal spirit." []

BOCA RATON, FLA.— It's Florida's version of the NYC mosque controversy! Except in play here is a menorah, erected outside City hall, and a determined pastor who thinks it should be taken down and replaced with a nativity scene. []

TERRE HAUTE, IND.— Reindeer were recently reported stolen from a local park. Extra police are being deployed through the holidays. []