It may not be a Sunday for a Sunday still, but nevertheless, it is Holiday decorations! Whilst touring New Zealand, I was invited to Diane's house in Wellington, which, I have to say, was like walking into a Department's store, albeit without price tags. She LOVES Christmas decorating and had no less than 15 trees in her house. It was beautifully done, and tasteful, but bordered just a tad on the obsessive! But what a nice obsession! Dianne collects a gold coin donation from those who visit and the money raised is solely for charity. So it's all for a good cause.
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Merry Christmas from Something to Ponder About - Here are a few snippets of Christmas past spent in various parts of the World. The spirit remains strong and the family connections, despite whatever corner of our globe we live in. May your Christmas be Merry and Bright! Glædelig jul - Christmas in Denmark God jul… Continue reading Christmas – Around the World
Decorations are in the shops from August in some places, carols are playing over the speakers in shopping centres, and Christmas comes earlier and becomes more commercialized every year. Even kids are organized early, these days. When my children were younger, a lengthy Christmas wish list of various items ranging in price from in expensive… Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Ideas
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year from Amanda here at Something to Ponder About.
The Daily Post challenge encourages us to photograph one tangible object, being conscious of Aperture, composition, focus and depth of field. Furthermore, the post tells us some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects. I had already been experimenting with aperture… Continue reading Daily Post Photography Challenge – Object
A different Christmas tree in New Zealand - illuminated Christmas lights in New Zealand The Tivoli, Denmark - Christmas time Join in with Ailsa's theme from Where's My Backpack. Join in here: wheresmybackpack.com/2014/01/10/travel-theme-illuminated/ More participants: http://geophiliac.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/travel-theme-illuminated/ http://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/travel-theme-illuminated/ https://blu178.mail.live.com/default.aspx?id=64855#n=1689152528&fid=1&mid=fb0311fc-7be6-11e3-9b7c-00237de3f15a&fv=1 Something to ponder about.
Everyone has certain traditions surrounding Christmas or Juletide. Some come from one's own heritage, or upbringing, whilst others have more modern origins.Likewise in our house, we have a mix of Danish/Australian traditions and some we have created ourselves like the fact that we always have lollie jars for the kids and candy 'teeth' sweets and bon bon hats are a must. (Nothing like pretending you have a large overbite and wear pointed paper hats for a good laugh). Traditionally Danish Christmas eve Dinner is held on December 24th, and accordingly we open one present after dinner, and then follow Australian traditions of opening the rest of the presents on the morning of December 25. The lollie jars started out with dinner, when the kids were young, but even so, my big kids, a.k.a. men, still ask for them. 🙂
Christmas day Dec 25, itself, might be spent visiting relatives or playing water volleyball in the backyard swimming pool, seeing relatives, or trying to keep cool in the sweltering heat. Notoriously Christmas day can be around 37 degrees celsius, so one sits inside with the air con on 'high cool', lying around watching old home videos that make one laugh and sometimes, cry.
There are , however, some more unusual traditions than ours.