Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's (finally) beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

I'm not going to deny it, I've been extra Grinch-y/Scrooge-y this year. For the past three years, Christmas has been a time of "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, I get to leave Canberra!!" and work Christmas parties and running around in Melbourne trying to frantically catch up with everyone I know before boarding a plane back to our nation's backwater capital.

This year? It's mostly been "UGH. I have no money and yet am expected to buy presents for everyone. But [to quote Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer] I like my money the way it is when it's mine." Bah humbug! I don't think it helped that our Christmas tree was put up in late November, which led to a whole lot of me going "But it's too EARLY for Christmas!!!"

Anyway, as of yesterday, I'm finally starting to feel vaguely in the spirit. Little Miss A was over yesterday, making gingerbread with my mum. If you ever want to laugh hysterically, ask a six year old what the true meaning of Christmas is: "It's when Jesus got stuck in a stable, and then he lived happily ever after. THE END!" Hilarity.

Last night was the Christmas concert for C's choir. I took my camera with me, intending to take some photos to show you guys, but they had a "no audience photography" rule in place last night. So here's one from a couple of years ago instead:

This was taken the year that some kid in the front row felt sick, went to go offstage, and ended up throwing up next to the piano. Thankfully, nothing similar happened last night! I always regard the Christmas concert as my equivalent of going to church, because the audience gets to sing along with a lot of the carols. Sadly, they used new arrangements this year, so I couldn't sing the descants... *sulks*

After the concert, we headed to a nearby bar for a drink or two, and then around to Federation Square to see if there was a big Christmas tree there. It turns out that the big official Christmas tree is up in City Square. But there are Christmas themed projections on the front of St Paul's Cathedral, so we stood and watched those for a while. They're pretty amazing. I had totally the wrong lens on my camera (I put the 55-300mm lens on, assuming that I'd be taking photos of the concert), but it was so cool I took some shots anyway!

So there you have it. It took a bloody long time, but I'm finally starting to get into the holiday spirit!

What about you guys? Are you on Team Bah Humbug or Team Yaaaaaaaaaaay Christmas? Or somewhere in the middle?

K xx


  1. Ha, I am a total grinch too. And have a personal rule that I don't need to acknowledge that Xmas is upon me until I hear Last Christmas, by Wham! by accident.....not yet! Ha!

    I drove past those projections the other night, and thought it looked like Hogwarts to me! Ha! Show how much denial I am still in that it is Xmas next weekend - ekk!

    Those projections are amazing, and your pics show me I should have stopped and taken them all in - they look great! God, I love Melbourne!

    Have a good one! Ho, ho ho!

  2. There's a lot of Bah Humbugness in my quarters, especially whenever I have to venture to the shops. Ugh. Usually, Christmas light displays usually manage to inject a little of the Christmas spirit, although there aren't quite as many displays around this year as there have been in the past.

    I think my ideal Christmas would involve escaping to the country, but it never seems possible, alas.

    Love the photos of the projections - very nice.

  3. Wow. Those pictures of St. Paul's Cathedral are AMAZING!

    And I love child logic. I'm helping to direct the Christmas Pageant at church and we had practice yesterday morning... apparently Santa's email is and we have a wise man who "swaggers" in down the aisle to meet the baby Jesus, and Joseph (who is 11 mind you) didn't ever want to take his costume off and has far too much fun playing with his shepherds cane crook thing.

  4. I'm trapped somewhere in the middle. I'm terribly excited about Christmas because I LOVE CHRISTMAS, but that sensation is competing with complete and total panic over the fact that I have far too much to do in far too little time. Plus I think I'm getting sick. Seriously, what the hell was I thinking with all this Christmas-time gallivanting?? Once again I have over-commited myself. Boo.

  5. I've been planning to go down to the city to take photos for weeks, and I've been doing so many things that I haven't been there yet! Can't believe it. Anyway, feeling the spirit of Christmas in my soul :)

  6. @Tash - haha, that's an excellent approach to acknowledging Christmas! The projections really did look Hogwarts-y now that you mention it. AWESOME.
    @Katie - thanks! Love your ideal Christmas. Much more relaxing!
    @Emmy - Hahaha, that's brilliant!
    @Nessa - Oh dear... You really need to get that overcommitment thing under control one of these days! ;)
    @Cynthia - it's so amazing! Definitely worth going in at night. There's the lightshow at St. Paul's, and they're also recreating scenes from the Nutcracker on the front of the State Library!

  7. I think I am about in the middle, after braving the mall this weekend the happiness meter went down a bit

  8. I'm not a Grinch, but I totally can't get into the Christmas spirit; it just doesn't feel like Christmas. Maybe it's partially because Christmas starts before Halloween even gets here, but I think there has to be something else.

    Also, those projections are crazy. Mix of awesome and "what the hell?" because we totally don't do that. Then again, I've been living places that allow awkward Christmas traditions to persist. :X


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