Hard to believe that the year is almost over and that Christmas is looming. It has been such a busy year and so far the forecast for next year is not alot different, plenty to do and plenty of change. I love Christmas, I hate all of the rushing around and stress that it brings however all the worry tends to dissipate on Christmas Day when family and friends are together. My cousin N also loves Christmas, while I tend to be a bit of a minimalist N goes all out decorating her home and tree so when she came to stay recently a visit to the local Christmas Shop was a must.
The Christmas Shop is more like a warehouse, baubles, trees and lights adorn every inch of space and if you’re after santa suits or elf costumes there are plenty to choose from as well. Being the crazy dog lady that I am, the reindeer antlers for Maxi and Bundy were the first things that landed in my shopping basket. You have to admit, as embarrassed as our two black dogs appear, they really do look cute and the photos will look great on our family Christmas card :-). Our two black dogs always get presents from Santa, I even bought them stockings to put the presents in although Maxi won’t be getting any delicious treats this year, the last thing we want is for her to end up in hospital again.
It is too early to set up the Christmas tree, we always put it up on December 1st and then spend a weekend hanging up Christmas lights in our backyard. At the moment it is hard to imagine our yard decorated with lights, the heat and dry winds has turned our lawn brown and there are a few odd jobs around the house that are best done in the cool of the evening. I’ve always wondered what a white Christmas would be like, it certainly seems more festive when you see images of the Christmas markets in Europe and watch Christmas movies that are set in cooler climates.
How do you prepare for the festive season? Do you inflict costumes on your pets and buy them presents?
On a recent trip to Melbourne I experienced the joy of seeing the Myer Christmas window display, we have nothing like this on the Gold Coast so it is a real pleasure to see the effort that some will make to bring delight to children and the young at heart during the festive season. The tradition started 58 years ago and the display is on show from November through to early January, to see the display costs nothing but a little time, the queue can be quite long but you will be entertained by the story and a few street buskers as you wait.
This year the animated window display has been created around the theme ‘Gingerbread Friends’ by the American children’s author, Jan Brett. Gingerbread Friends tells the story of a little Gingerbread child as he goes on an somewhat perilous adventure to find a friend only to discover that he already has plenty of friends at home. Taking photographs with my phone wasn’t easy thanks to the presence of so many reflections, with any luck you’ll get the chance to see them for yourselves or hopefully you have wonderful Christmas window displays in your home town.
Yesterday a friend took me to a place where it is impossible not to smile and be happy, a place where it is Christmas all year round, a warehouse filled with everything Christmas. Although I object to walking into a supermarket in September and seeing Christmas decorations for sale, the Christmas Shop reminded me of those we visited in Europe (except that here I was allowed to take photos) and I love being able to see and choose from so many different types of decorations, lights and Christmas goodies.
Do you love a good Christmas shop or hate the thought of entering a store where it looks as though Christmas threw up all over the shelves? With the year flying by and Christmas looming just around the corner, I have a feeling that I’ll be a regular visitor the Christmas Shop 🙂