Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas in Melbourne

With it being daylight until 9:00pm in December, Australia does not really do much in the way of window decoration or street lighting for Christmas. The children should be in bed by 9, not out on the streets. But there are efforts at decorating in the streets. Here are a few photos I have taken over the last few weeks.

Christmas banners in the Greek precinct of Melbourne. None for Chinese in the Chinese precinct.


While we took Little Jo to see the Myer Christmas windows, the adults of The Highrise had already taken a look. It was a really good display this year and did not have the heavy hand of commercialism pressing down upon it as much as some years. Of course the book on which the windows is based was available for sale. The story is of a girl being taken by her grandfather to Lunar Park, an amusement park. There is some animation in all of the eight? windows.




The merry go round horse flies to the stars.



Southbank pedestrian bridge gets a bow.


Children found this very enticing in Federation Square. Not sure why as they could only stand there. Nothing else to do.


But Fen with her camera at the ready shows how a little lighting makes it come alive. Note, Fen has not posted on her blog since October, but you can find her on Instagram and Twitter, where she is quite busy.


Malvern Town Hall. Malvern is an expensive area about seven kilometres from Melbourne city.


Unlike me, again, Fen gets out at night.


Brunetti in the City Square, which will disappear for the construction of the Metro Rail.


Children queue to see Santa at the City Square. Not a bad place for them to rid themselves of an excess of energy.


The projectors for the light display on the Town Hall. We saw it last year and it was ok. Fen does not think it was anything wonderful. Once you see projections, I find they lose their appeal, a bit like fireworks for me. Living here, I have seen so many fireworks and no longer bother watching them usually.


Christmas themed flower displays, very popular with tourist snappers.



Melbourne Town Hall.



A rather odd 'Christmas Tree' in Melbourne Central shopping centre.


A bit more like proper trees, but is that the best QV shopping centre can do?



Lastly, our sideboard and Christmas tree, and Christmas Eve we laid the table. Bit of mismatching happening but given I very much doubt we will be doing it again, it is not worth expenditure on things that will get used once. R has excelled this year, perhaps because he has time to fiddle. If it is your thing, Merry Christmas to you, and if not otherwise enjoy.



31 comments:

  1. I wonder if our life at Christmas is not so decorated because it is summer and hot here. I imagine that to drag people out in the snowy climes of Europe and North America, the towns would have to be very seductive. And the food and hot wine would have to be appealing as well.

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    1. Hels, wouldn't Euro types be used to snow and cold, that has happened for every Christmas they have experienced. But you are correct, there does have to be attractions to get people out, I think. Hot wine, mulled wine, warm spiced wine...horrible, and I thought I might like it.

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  2. Your home decorations and your tree are very pretty. Not too much, not to little, just right.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks River. I wish I could take all the credit and not just 20%

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  3. The tree is beautiful and so is the layout on the table. I also like the Melbourne toy soldier, wreath and bow.

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    1. Cheers Strayer. While the toy soldiers aren't new to Christmas, here they are.

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  4. I like everything here, especially the pictures of your home decorations. Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. Greetings in return to you.

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  5. Thank you (and your friends) for the Christmassy photos. I was way too lazy this year to get out and look.
    Your place looks wonderful - and I hope the day matches it.

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    1. EC, thanks. I am sure the day will be great, although hot.

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  6. Merry Christmas Andrew. I hope you and your family have a wonderful day.

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    1. CM, thank you and likewise I hope your day is great.

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  7. ANDREW your table is great the bulb is the dame ad in my city now we have Christmas eve. Have a great day.

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    1. You too have a great Christmas, Gosia.

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  8. i hope your full house brings lots of love and laughter to your door today Andrew. Enjoy!

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    1. So do I, Carol. I hope your day is good too.

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  9. Happy Yule tidings to my friends down under.

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    1. Cheers Dora. I hope your Christmas is very good.

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  10. Your tree and table look very festive. It will be Christmas day with you as you read this. Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas xx

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    1. Indeed Marie, 10.41am and 33 degrees outside, but 22 inside, just right. We hope you have a terrific Christmas too, no doubt with your family.

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  11. Looks like they changed the Christmas tree in the city this year. I seem to recall a stylised metal tree in past years. Merry Christmas btw.

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    1. Ad Rad, I think the metal tree disappeared a couple of years ago. This one is The Square is nicer. A Merry Christmas to you too. Not with family this year? Umm, well I suppose the ACT does have the internet too.

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    2. Yep...am back in Canberra :-)

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  12. I twice celebrated Christmas in "Summer" although it was winter. The first time in Tenerife/Spain and the 2nd time in Egypt. It seemed so strange to me that we ran around in bathing suits with Father Christmas hats on our heads that we swam in the swimming pool while the others sat in snow ! I loved it !

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    1. Gattina, not that we don't eat enough at Christmas, but I think cold weather is much better for a hot Christmas dinner.

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  13. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  14. The Sydney Council, under pressure from 2GB talkback listener criticism and derisory comments from the Daily Telegraph, removed its (politically correct) 'Merry' banners. Rather than display banners with the message 'Merry Christmas' the council had displayed banners simply reading 'Merry'; a message which made no sense.

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    1. Victor, Merry is just plain ridiculous and SCC deserves to be criticised. It's pretty simple, it is Christmas, so Merry or Happy Christmas.

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  15. Merry Christmas.
    The decorations do look lovely at your place.
    The city looks rather nice as well.
    I can't imagine going out at all if it was snowing or snow was on the ground if I lived up over the 'line', it would have to be too cold.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I remember snow many times at our Gippsland farm when I was young. It never felt cold, but then do children ever really feel cold unless they are sick?

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