Thursday, December 13, 2012

light up my life

There has been very little snow in my part of the winter world, but the Christmas lights that have gone up always do a good job of dispelling the gloom of the donkere dagen voor de kerst  or the 'dark days before Christmas'. This is a saying I learned when I lived in Holland and it is very fitting indeed. While today the sun is shining and it is a balmy 6C, it has been overcast and dark for the last couple of weeks. Depressingly dark.
So when I met a friend for dinner last night, I suggested we meet in downtown Toronto so we could walk and admire the lights and the decorated windows.
Naturally, I took pictures, though it was difficult to get good shots what with all the other lights of the city getting in the way. Maybe there should be dimmer switches so that they are not so bright ALL the time. Just a thought.


there was a Santa-less sleigh driving up the middle of Yonge Street
and a tree of floating balls in Dundas Square
that changed colour from this, to a bright white to match the giant spot lights
then there was the tree in the Eaton Centre 
it is a little more modern than your usual tree 

actually, it looks more like a parasol than a tree
and it, too, changes colour




I did, however, quite like these gigantic reindeer that were standing throughout the mall.

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  1. Seems like they've got Christmas lights down pat...now if they could only get themselves a decent mayor lol.

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    1. I am surprised he didn't try to destroy this bit of fun.

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  2. Difficult or not you got some good shots. ❄

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  3. The surrounding light may have been a challenge but you got some really good shots. Very pretty.

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    1. yes, well, I am not showing the other 27 shots..... :)

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  4. Lovely decorations . They suit your hemisphere much better than ours.

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    1. yes, a sleigh would look silly down your way!

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  5. These are nice photos! Where I live, it's still relatively Spring-like, which is strange (I live near Chicago). :)

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    1. it is still almost Spring-like here, too!

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  6. Beautiful...love the display of lights!
    Love the lights this time of year.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I look forward to the light, and get rather sad again when they all come down :(

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  7. I guess that I am a traditionalist and I like the reindeer best. Something about wanting Christmas to be oldfashioned. I am usually not that nostalgic. It may have to do with the fact that I celebrated it for such a long time in the States where it is a very nostalgic holiday.

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    1. I like the old-fashioned, too. even though I am not a fan of the red-green combo, I still think of that as Christmas colours rather than these newer blue tinged colours.

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  8. I like the deer, too. And the ball tree.

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