I forgot to plan a Christmas post.....

....so I went googling and searching through my old files...

to all my readers and commenters,

friends near, 

and far,


all of you are a gift that I treasure.

These next few are from my files, taken a few years ago, in Rundle Mall.

David Jones Santas, one, two....

and three.

Mall decoration.

Adelaide Arcade decoration.

.......and a few more of the googled images.

he's a cheerful fellow.

all tuckered out......

marching in the parade.

a different type of tree, very clever I think.

London lights.


and please all stay safe over the holiday period.

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  1. Thank you so much River.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. And a Merry Christmas to you as well.....I still can't get over how you are practically a whole day ahead of us. Hope Santa was good to you.

  3. Merry Christmas River. The penguins are cool.

  4. Merry .christmas! Hope you get lots of pressies.

  5. You've worn me out with that tour de force.
    A happy Christmas to you, and thanks for a lovely year of posts from OZ.

  6. What a beautiful post! So full of wonderful Christmas images!! May you have a Merry Christmas too!


  7. A lovely collection of Christmas themed photos. I'm glad you included your own mall photos.

    And you are well into Christmas Day. I'm typing from the early morn of Christmas.

    A peaceful, positive Christmas to you and yours, River.

    Gary :)

  8. Merry Christmas to you my friend. Loved your delightful collection of Christmas pics and those decorations in the mall are lovely. At least most capital cities in Oz will have a day that is not TOO hot. Perth 31 and Adelaide 33. We must be satisfied with that. Cheers.

  9. Colour sparkle music, OH my goodness!- next year we'll do the Pride of Erin through it all.

  10. And a Merry Christmas to you too River.
    Wishing you a wonderfully fulfilling and creatively enjoyable 2014. Stay safe!

  11. Elephant's Child; Merry Christmas right back to you.

    Delores; Santa is always good to me, because I am a good girl, mostly.

    Andrew; Merry Christmas to you too. I put the penguins in for JahTeh.

    mm; Merry Christmas. Pressies are irrelevant at my age, all I need are smiles and a peaceful day. with mince pies. Home made of course.

    Molly; happy Christmas to you too, I hope you have a lovely day.

    Joanne; the tour is only half over, if you mean the Port Pirie one. Thank you for YOUR year of good posts. Merry Christmas.

    fishducky; Merry Christmas to you too, I hope Santa filled your stocking with good things. No lumps of coal.

    betty; thank you and Merry Christmas.

    klahanie; wishing you a peaceful Merry Christmas too. Don't let Penny eat too much Christmas pudding.

    Mimsie; Merry Christmas to you and Phil. I'm very glad it's not too hot, I plan on taking my camera for a walk a bit later.

    R.H. the Pride of Erin?? Damn, I'll have to get practising. Merry Christmas.

    Happy Elf Christine; Merry Christmas to all your family.

    Vicki; Merry Christmas to you too. I know your 2014 will be creative, I hope it is fulfilling without being too exhausting.

  12. Thankyou, River. I've so enjoyed your posts and comments over the year.

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. One full of love, health and lots of happiness.

    We celebrate on the Eve here, so for once we are ahead of you guys in Australia. Dec 25th is hangover day... :-)

  13. Marie; Merry Christmas to you and your family. I remember celebrating on the Eve when we were very small, before Mum left us. Other kids thought we were silly not knowing which day was Christmas Day. I don't know when I stopped doing that, but by the time I had children it was definitely a Christmas Day celebration.

  14. For forgetting to do a post, you really came up with a good one.
    A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

  15. Manzanita; it was a hurry-up-and-find-some-pictures post before I went to bed the night before. Turned out pretty well though. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  16. I've asked about why they celebrate the Eve rather than Christmas Day and it's apparently due to the edicts of the old Lutheran church. They forbad any sort of party or celebration on a holy day or a Sunday. Those days were reserved for prayer, quiet contemplation and very long church services.

    Many families travelled long distances to gather together for Christmas. And of course it's the middle of winter here as well, so not the best time to travel. Thus it seemed a good idea to party the day before when everyone had arrived - you could welcome them with a big spread and distribute gifts etc, leaving Christmas Day for church (and dad's hangover).

    It's interesting to see all the ways Christmas is celebrated around the world and how it is adapted to the articular countries. My family are from Holland, so they celebrated Sinterklaas Eve on December 5th. My ex is Italian, so they had gifts given by La Befana at the Epiphany as well, so my kids got a month long celebration of Christmas traditions.

  17. Marie; thank you for that, I had no idea about the Christmas Eve origins, it never occurred to me to ask when I was little, I just accepted what had always been. I'm a Lutheran, but not a church goer, apparently there are "high" Lutherans and "low" Lutherans, I'm not sure about the difference, something to do with the style of service I think, with the high Lutheran church service being similar to Catholic Mass, full of ritual etc. My dad was Catholic and often told us how he had been asked to leave church because he'd skull down the wine and ask for more.


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