Christmas in Stockbridge re-created for Japan Airlines promotion

Thursday March 1, 2012

STOCKBRIDGE -- Christmas in February?

No, not really, but one could be forgiven for thinking that was the case if they had stopped by two local institutions on Wednesday.

The Red Lion Inn and Norman Rockwell Museum were both re-adorned with Christmas trees and holiday decorations as part of a photo shoot for Japan Airlines, which will be using the images for its 2013 destination calendar.

Stephanie Gravalese-Wood, a Red Lion spokeswoman, said the selection of these iconic Stockbridge locations says a lot about their standing as New England holiday destinations.

And while there wasn't a white Christmas two months ago, the photo shoot team lucked out with its holiday recreation on Wednesday. A layer of flakes coated the trees and colored lights outside the inn for what is believed to be the first time the traditional decorations were brought out after the holidays.

"The timing couldn't have been better," said Gravalese-Wood.

The shoot's coordinator, Masayo Kuroyanagi, said she came to the Red Lion 25 years ago with her father, and it seemed like a great fit for the calendar.

"I love this place; it's my favorite hotel in the world," said Kuroyanagi.

Japan Airlines will print 700,000 of the calendars for its customers, and the inn and museum will be featured in for the month of December.

The selection is part of the company's effort to promote its nonstop service from Tokyo to Boston that will go into effect this April.

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