Tuesday, December 09, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Little Jo posts R's letter to Santa. She had already sent hers but she wrote R's as he dictated.


The Christmas tree has been erected in the City Square but the area did not open until the following weekend.


We visited Dymocks book store in Collins Street. Little Jo could have spent the whole afternoon there, but we moved her on with the promise of McDonalds for afternoon tea. We walked through Royal Arcade....


to the animated Myer Christmas window display. This year's theme is Santa and the Three Bears.


These decorations have been used for a few years. The old General Post Office, GPO, clock tower is in view.


The exterior of Royal Arcade.


The Myer window display is a series of maybe ten windows each continuing the story. The queue was long, managed by two staff. It takes about twenty minutes to see every window show.


Plenty of atmosphere and people and it was only still November.


A quite nice display for Christmas.


Busy, busy, busy. I want to go home and we did. But it was nothing compared to the following weekend's visit to the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, Chadstone. We thought we get there early and have easy parking and avoid the crowds. So did everyone else.

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  1. Andrew, it is wonderful season and I admire your perfect sunny weather. The animated display window is a great idea but I don't see it at my place.. Maybe will be next year

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    1. Gosia, the window display in the windows has been around for decades. It is quite elaborate at times, but often the theme is based on a popular book and the store used the display to push sales of the book.

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  2. Christmas hasn't yet extended to our house. Unless a pile of gifts to be wrapped counts.
    My ambivalent self loves the lights, and hates the push to spend, spend, spend some more. And, knowing that it is very far from the happiest season of them all for too many people I will be doing a shift at Lifeline on Christmas Day.

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    1. That's a good start EC. Of course your motivation for a shift on Christmas Day is pure, but I have often felt relieved when I have had to work on Christmas Day. Not so this year, with a week off.

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  3. Christmas christmas everywhere, I like all the decorations but not all the people in the shops.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, and don't the crowds start so early now, like mid November it started to build.

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  4. All the arcades are gorgeous, including and perhaps particularly Royal Arcade. We (Melbourne and Sydney) kept ours when some other late Victorian and Edwardian glamour arcades went to ruination in Europe.

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    1. Hels, we are so fortunate to have ours intact. Mind, we have lost an awful lot our buildings.

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  5. And did you include your requests in R's letter to Santa?
    "The Myer window display was a series of windows...", we used to have that with our John Martins windows, nothing like it since they closed in 1996. :(
    Your street decorations are all nice.

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    1. I did not River. I don't know what R asked for. That is a bit sad that you don't have animated window displays. Hopefully your static displays are nice.

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  6. Just can't get used to seeing photos of Christmas in Summertime! The festivities are so much more enjoyable when children are around to share the magic.

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    1. Yep Fun60, as serious cultural clash. Saw Stephen Fry's Christmas show tonight. Apparently a white Christmas in London is rare. Yes, agree about kids being around for Christmas. You must have memories of your own with yours.

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  7. All is looking good for Christmas in the streets there. Love the letterbox. I can remember writing letters to Santa and mailing them, but in those days there wasn't a special Santa postbox..

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    1. Well, WA, I hope you stayed practical and asked for things that could come from Sants.

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  8. Oh that's way too many people in that last shot for my comfort zone :) Perth's population is big enough for moi! How lovely to see Little Jo, she's just as I imagined and how wonderful that she's so into books, she obviously loves her Uncle Andrew and R!

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    1. Grace, I am really pleased she is a reader and loves books. Not so pleased that I am ignored and R is her fave, but he has put a big effort in and I have not.

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  9. Little Jo has certainly grown.

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    1. She has Victor, and I guess you would recall some of the posts about when she was a baby.

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  10. It's no Weihnachtsmarkt! ;)
    I am Christmas'ed out.

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    1. Fen, I kept seeing that W word on Twitter I meant to google it but I can guess anyway.

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    2. Just means Christmas Market. Usually a street market.

      I went to Southland at 9.15am this morning and it was PACKED. Horrid.

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    3. Fen, when you see the way people spend money here in Australia, it really is the lucky country. Maybe you see the other side of it.

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  11. Great photos. Christmas in shorts and a T-shirt sure is nice. Uff to shopping during the Christmas season. And double-Uff to shopping at the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere. THAT would give me a panic attack.

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    1. Mitchell, the fact that I had to drive and park the car was the worst part.

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  12. What a wonderful building that Royal Arcade is!! I'm already over the Xmas rush - but there's always something or someone we forget until the last minute, then have to brave the worst crowds with everyone pointlessly looking for a last minute bargain (or inspiration!), but all the good stuff went weeks ago. My ongoing Xmas wish is that it doesn't happen again this year :D

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    1. Red, it one of our three very nice old arcades. Thank goodness they were kept. People would die to save them. Yes, I expect, no I know, we will be among the last minute shoppers in town. Christmas is but once a year.

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