Another Christmas

Westfield Reindeer

Another Christmas
A time of mirth and laughter:
My heart misses you

Listening to carols
Thinking of old friends:
Must be Christmas
Again

Sphere and Reindeer

I took these photos on Thursday night in Bondi Junction. Every year the two Westfield centres are beautifully decorated for Christmas and this reindeer display is my favourite; it hangs down across all six levels and is exquisite when the light catches it just right.

It always amazes me how quickly the season seems to come around each year… it hardly feels like more than a few months since last Christmas. Time goes by so quickly these days.

I enjoy the time of year but it always feels a little bittersweet to me as well as I often think about family and friends overseas and others who are no longer in our lives. I guess that’s what was on my mind when I wrote the haiku, the mixed feelings the season often brings.

Photos and haiku © CJ Levinson 2011

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4 thoughts on “Another Christmas

    1. Hi Abi, thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the photos and haiku. I’d been wanting to take a photo of the display for ages, so I’m glad I finally got to!

      I like Christmas too, mostly for the simplest things, like the atmosphere and spending time with family, and seeing how happy it makes children. It does tend to make me a little more reflective as well (hence the haiku!) but it’s a really wonderful time of the year.

      Thanks again for stopping by. Many blessings. 😉

  1. I haven’t visited for a while, but thought I’d drop by and see how things are going with you Down Under. I liked the second photo, but wondered if you’d considered a tighter crop? When I looked at it I immediately saw an even more abstract image by cropping down the right-hand side of the pillar and across the top of the upper floor level, where it’s seen through the big sphere. That’s the sort of image I’d happily frame.

    I enjoyed the haikus, even though I’m not a huge fan of Christmas being a curmudgeonly old grump! I’m getting back into the creative writing side myself, dabbling with a short course at university and trying my hand at short fiction of various kinds. I wrote a lot of poetry for many years but haven’t tried fiction since my school days. I wonder if there’s a market for grumpy stories? 😉

    1. Hi Stone! Thanks for dropping by! It feels like everyone’s moved on these days but I’m glad there are still a few of us around blogging.

      I did consider doing a tighter crop of the photo but decided against it originally as I was pressed for time and I liked the perspective. I will go back at some stage and re-edit it though… what you suggested makes sense and I had been thinking about experimenting with it. Might even make it into a Christmas card next year.

      I hope your writing is going well… I think it’s harder in many ways, starting again, so I wish you luck. I’m sure there’s a market for grumpy stories, particularly with a bit of humour! One reason I love David Sedaris’s books. He can make anything funny.

      Merry Christmas. Hope you have a good one with your family. 😉

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