I stopped in at the Chateau Laurier some days ago to take in the Christmas decorations.
It has been a tradition at this hotel for years to host the Trees of Hope, a charity benefit for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's foundation. Businesses and organizations come in to decorate Christmas trees in the lobby areas around the hotel. People can submit their choices for favourite tree, along with a cheque for CHEO, and can come on in and have a look at the trees.
I happened to be before this quite tall nutcracker in the corridor when a staff member came up and we chatted. She said this dates back to the 30s or 40s.
I carried on with photographing. I have more of these tomorrow.