Sunday, 8 December 2019

Fading traditions

Every year we go to see the David Jones windows, the nativity and the Christmas Decorations around the city while we visit Santa and lock in the wishlist. Once you've told Santa, there's no changing minds! It has been a shrinking excursion. As the older teens have grown out of it (I did one year pay the middle teen to come with us for the sake of the youngest), it is now just two of us.

David Jones Windows

My youngest did still delight in the windows and the tradition (directing from familiar memory what we needed to see and do next), lamented Myer not having the old train that you rode but still loving the rocket elevator. This year, however, she choose only to write a letter to Santa. We posted it so it's still 'locked in' as far as Santa is concerned.

This is an indication of how much she hates her siblings living their own lives.
Watching them grow up is hard when you're left behind.

I know I'm on borrowed time, it is me who loves this excursion more than the kids. I probably only have two years left at best before no one at all wants to come with me.

Smoke haze was not as bad as normal, but still there

In this smokey country with it's flagging economy, it did bring a lot of happiness and needed distraction. And didn't cost a cent other than the train tickets to the city.
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Note this Thursday there's a #BuyFromTheBush pop up in the city.


  1. Thanks for joining us this week at! I hope you're having a wonderful holiday tradition.

  2. Nice post and photos those are nice Christmas trees :-)

    Have a decortastic week :-)

  3. We bring the dogs for pictures with Santa every year and they never outgrow the tradition.

    DH and I love visiting the Christmas themed places in the area without kids and stay away from the "kid" zones. There are some beautiful decorations, lights, etc. that are amazing to see.

  4. One good thing about children growing up - it often brings grandchildren. Then you get to do the fun traditions all over again! :)

  5. Traditions are wonderful. Thank you for allowing us to tag along!

  6. Traditions are great!

    It's my youngest son's first year of not believing in that Elf and Santa. He used to write the Elf and Tooth Fairy letters upon letters. He'd get all excited when they would write him back. I'm going to miss those days. He believed past the time I believed. I was in 4th grade. He was almost in 6th grade.

  7. Elf on the Shelf, I just started that here with my grandchildren. I may not be able to buy them things all the time, but they love to play the game and they love the goodies they find too! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. Have a great day!

  8. Love all the little touches of ted in these photos!

  9. I hear you, Lydia... Such a feeling of nostalgia in your post, the same nostalgia I feel when I think of past times - simpler, more innocent, happier. It seems the older I get, the more sorry I feel for today's children, who seem to lose their innocence and wide-eyed wonder at ever younger ages...
    Thank you for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

  10. Wonderful photos and such beautiful Christmas trees. If it makes you happy, you should definitely continue to go.

    Thank you so much for linking up this wonderful post on Wandering Camera!