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Finding the Christmas Cheer in Melbourne

This morning was a bust.  It was horrible weather, raining, white sky, and nothing was looking good.  So we headed off to find Christmas in Melbourne.  Of course we, as you do at Christmas in Melbourne, headed to Myer to look at the windows.

Before I show you the photos, some history.  Myer is famous for their Christmas windows.  Every year, for the past 57 I think, they put up a Christmas themed story.  Parents bring their kids from all over Melbourne to see the windows.  You have to get there early or you are waiting in the cue for a very long time.

scxmas-2702This is Russell sitting on the tree watching Santa going past the moon.  Can you see Santa?

scxmas-2704Santa and the Reindeer have a stack and Russell is watching, you can’t see Russell in this one.

scxmas-2711Santa’s sleigh can’t be fixed, so Russell, see him on the left of Santa, comes up with an alternative, an old car.

scxmas-2716The car is painted with red glitter paint, the reindeers are hooked up, and it is all ready to go.

scxmas-2719Santa flies around and around the world delivering all the presents.  If you look hard you can see him in his red sparkly car.

scxmas-2732Jobs done, time to relax.  Looks like someone has given Santa a present as well.  There is Russell making snow angels. Russell saved Christmas.

scxmas-2717This lot were in the corner of one of the windows, this is happening under the snow.

scxmas-2735The last window, which is somewhat separated from the rest has the traditional Nativity Scene in it.  I don’t know if they use the same one every year.

scxmas-2740This was just a little while after we looked at the windows and the crowds were beginning to grow.  We looked at 7.30am, and by 9 the crowds were 3 or 4 times the size of this.  If you were walking past you wouldn’t be able to see the windows.  The cue goes a long way when it is really busy.

The photos aren’t great, it is hard to take photos when you have glass between the subject and the camera.  There are a lot of reflections in the glass, I did my best to get rid of them, I hope they don’t detract from the story too much.

It was lovely to see that some have gone to some trouble for Christmas and I must go in again and see what I can find.  I would like to do a night shot.

Awards 

I have been nominated for some more awards, so please, I hope you will visit some of the following blogs.

The Sunshine Award

Timeless Difference has nominated me for this one.

The following have nominated me for the Blog of the Year 2012

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HOME DESIGNS MASTER

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The following have nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Another award is the Addictive Blog Award, not sure I have ever had that before.

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I would like to say thank you so much to everyone.  It is lovely to be nominated by so many.

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  1. I think they are great photos Leanne – gives us a feel for the window display without actually being there. Well done you for getting up early to go and see them – looks like it was worth it. Have a great Xmas. Cheers Jan

    December 16, 2012
    • Thank you Jan, it was the best thing to do to see them, unless you want to wait in a very long queue.

      December 19, 2012
  2. Amazing photos of pretty well arranged displays. Thank you for sharing.

    December 16, 2012
  3. Liz #

    I actually really like the reflections – they give me a nice sense of place. We went to the windows on Friday night – great weren’t they? My favourites from the last few years I think.

    December 16, 2012
    • I haven’t seen them for the last few years, actually I can’t remember the last time, but I thought they were fantastic. Great story. Thanks Liz.

      December 19, 2012
  4. Thank you for sharing. My children loved looking at your pictures; especially the one of the frog family. We used to have window displays here, it is great to see some places still do them. My 4 year old couldn’t quite understand the concept of no snow when looking at the picture of the store, but I think she feels winter is eternal as we are in Canada.

    December 16, 2012
    • That is so wonderful, I am so glad your children enjoyed them. You can tell your 4 year old that we think it is strange as well. Thank you

      December 19, 2012
  5. arnoldthearmadillo #

    I can remember when Selfridges in London was that good, it wasn’t any where near as good last time I went..

    December 16, 2012
    • I think money is the problem these days, I suspect this store gets a helping hand as it is a pretty famous Christmas event in Melbourne.

      December 19, 2012
      • arnoldthearmadillo #

        I don’t think they were short of bob or two at the time, just went too arty about the whole thing..

        December 19, 2012
      • That’s a shame

        December 19, 2012
      • arnoldthearmadillo #

        I am over it now :D

        December 19, 2012
  6. Amazing, i wish we had a store like that here in the philippines. When i look at the first few photos i recall the characters in tim burton’s the night before christmas. These could actually be a good set for a christmas cartoon movie.
    Congratulations on all your nominations. Well deserved. Proud to be a follower of your blog. I chose right! :-)

    December 16, 2012
    • They are pretty cool windows, and I think you are right about what you said about the characters, though I think Russell has been around longer. They would make a great movie.
      Thank you mymeggielitz :)

      December 19, 2012
  7. Great photos!
    I actually love the Myer and David Jones windows in Sydney as well.. was going to take some pictures this week too:)

    December 16, 2012
    • I love it when places go to a lot of trouble, it is nice to see them doing something for their customers, for a change. Thank you Getvelvet

      December 19, 2012
  8. What beautiful and imaginative displays, thank you for photographing them, because I’ve loved seeing these. I particularly like the one with Santa holding the gift and Russell in the snow. :)

    December 16, 2012
    • You are very welcome caro, I am really happy that you have enjoyed them. Funny to see Russell in the snow, because it never snows here at Christmas, actually it never snows here. :)

      December 19, 2012
  9. Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

    December 16, 2012
  10. I’ve seen the Christmas windows at Myer in Bourke St several times and they are always lovely. The Myer store here used to have windows like this when I was a child (many many years ago) but they haven’t for a long time. If you want some Summer weather come to Queensland – 32 today and 35 tomorrow.

    December 16, 2012
    • We having storms today, but it is supposed to be 36 on Sunday, but nice and cool on Christmas day, we hope. I suspect that Melbourne City Council help out Myer with the windows, they are a major Christmas attraction, so it wouldn’t look good if they stopped. Thanks Carol

      December 19, 2012
  11. Hi Leanne, These are lovely, hard to see, but, as you say, glass gets in the way. It brings back long forgotten memories of my mom taking me to see the store windows in downtown Indianapolis, IN at L.S. Ayers. It was one of the Christmas highlights. Congratulations on your many blog awards. You deserve every one. :)

    December 16, 2012
    • Thank you Marsha, the windows are nearly always fantastic.

      December 19, 2012
  12. I was at the windows again last night and the queues were back to Zara so I’m guessing the waiting time would have been at least an hour. I got stuck in that years ago so now I go in November when they are released.

    Your photos are great. I love those little frog stories in the corners of the windows under the snow. Did you notice there are 2 similar scenes?

    December 16, 2012
    • Wow, that is long, I thought I might take a look on the weekend, just at the queues, not the windows again. I try and go early in the morning.
      I love the frogs too, no I didn’t see the other one, almost missed the one I did get.
      Thanks threeweeksinnz

      December 19, 2012
  13. With window reflections, grab yourself a polarising filter. That’ll help a lot.

    December 16, 2012
  14. I can well imagine the little ones noses pressed up against the windows to see inside !
    I too remember like arnoldthearmadillo the Selfridges Store windows being amazing, perhaps they have got the pzzazz back this year I haven’t seen yet . Someone’s bound to know !
    Lovely :-)

    December 16, 2012
    • The kids love it, I saw one dad explaining to his very upset son that they couldn’t go and see them because the line was too long and they would be waiting for too long. It is something that most little kids get to see. Thanks poppytump

      December 19, 2012
  15. There was a store in Boston that did this for decades…sadly, it’s no longer there.
    Thanks for sharing these!

    December 16, 2012
    • When Myer was sold a few years ago, everyone was worried that they wouldn’t keep doing them, but they have, which has been great. What they do is lovely.
      Thanks for enjoying them. Thanks Marie.

      December 19, 2012
  16. I love … shops window displays for Christmas – so fun and playful. Couple of years ago “Liberty” in London, who has very small windows because of the Tudor style of building (very old) they are in. In very window they had a miniature set up of a musical that was on stage in London. A famous scene for every window and it was about 8-10 show. Absolutely amazing. So beautiful and in every detail. Wish I had taken photos of them all. Love your photos here – it’s what Christmas is about – joy and fun .. and light.

    December 16, 2012
    • Wow they sound like they were wonderful, I love it when shops go to some trouble for Christmas, it is sad to see that not many do anymore. I suppose it makes it even more special for those that do. That is very much what Christmas should be about. Thanks viveka

      December 19, 2012
      • I suppose the big shops has this thing about how have the best Christmas windows for the season – at least it’s like that in London.
        But it must cost them a furtune. So I think it all about cost and also energy saving those days. Still for me that’s what Christmas alwyas been about – Christmas shop displays.

        December 19, 2012
  17. A great set of phots in spite of the rain, well done!

    December 16, 2012
  18. Hey Leanne, Thanks ever so much for sharing these photographs with us! You truly found Christmas!

    December 16, 2012
    • Thank you so much Nikita, I think I found it in the city, I really need to go back and find some more.

      December 19, 2012
  19. What a fantastic display – well worth getting there early for :)

    December 17, 2012
    • Yes Noeline, really the best way to see it. Thank you. :)

      December 19, 2012
  20. I would hardly have known there was glass in between if they weren’t windows. Really imaginative displays. From a northern hemisphere perspective, it’s weird to see Christmas windows in conjunction with people dressed for summer.

    December 17, 2012
    • It is strange for us as well poet, I think we all associate Christmas with cold and snow. Even the windows have snow in them. I so glad you like the windows, they are pretty cool. Kids love them. Thanks

      December 19, 2012
  21. Great photos! I like that they invest year on year to bring new decorations. Also, I love the little frog family enjoying dinner :)

    December 17, 2012
    • It is great that they do it, the frog family is fantastic, thank you Claus

      December 19, 2012
  22. I enjoyed the photos and the story…what an amazing display I can see why people flock to see them!

    December 17, 2012
    • Thank you Heather, it is a great display, I think many people are very happy that they still do them.

      December 19, 2012
  23. What a nice Christmas themed story and displa. I liked viewing it through your photographs.

    December 17, 2012
    • That is so good Mary, they were a great display, thank you.

      December 19, 2012
  24. Christmas windows, a queue to view – very traditional, which I like very much. The frog family celebrating, too cute.

    December 17, 2012
    • It is very traditional David, and the frog family is cute, thank you.

      December 19, 2012
  25. What beautiful pictures! When I was a small child, the stores would go crazy decorating for Christmas. It was imaginative and elegant…. as are your pictures! :D

    December 17, 2012
    • I remember that as well Keli, now most of them make some half hearted attempt, and expect you to spend lots of money with them. It has all become too commercial. Thank you. :)

      December 19, 2012
  26. Absolutely beautiful views. Thank you for sharing.

    December 17, 2012
  27. Inés #

    Loved these photographs! You managed to make me smile… after the tragedy, that is. Thank you for sharing! So cute and colorful! :)

    December 17, 2012
  28. Great photos, and you did well with the glass. I have seen the Melbourne Myer window for the last 2 Christmases but wasn’t down there this year, so at least I get a virtual viewing. I’ll be stopping by Sydney DJs at some stage this week but the getting photos without people in them will likely be impossible… we’ll see :)

    December 17, 2012
    • I am so glad you got to see them in some way EllaDee, they are great this year. I don’t think you can avoid people at this time of the year unfortunately. I am behind on looking at blogs, did you put some up. will have to go and check out your blog. Thanks

      December 19, 2012
      • Checking out my blog won’t take long ;) I’m just about on my Christmas break… I’m going to try to post at least a couple of times during the hols but it will depend on how the internet coverage holds up.
        PS. My sister just annouced she is movingto Melbourne early next year. You may get to see me yet :)

        December 20, 2012
  29. What an exciting tradition. You did a great job capturing the displays!

    December 17, 2012
  30. Thanks for sharing. They really are delightful displays.

    December 17, 2012
  31. Thank you so very much for sharing these photos with us.

    December 17, 2012
  32. Reblogged this on Donkey Whisperer Farm Blog.

    December 17, 2012
  33. Such beautiful Christmas windows. I’d imagine it would be tough to really feel the spirit of the holidays in such heat. No White Christmas for you. :-(

    December 17, 2012
    • No, no white Christmas for me, :( one day maybe. The windows are great, and if you search can find things that are Christmassy. Thank you Emily

      December 19, 2012
  34. Leanne, the images you capture are simply beautiful. You have a natural born gift,and I thank you for sharing it with all of us on here.
    I adore Melbourne,and although I currently do not live there at the moment,and day dream about moving there (eventually!),your images make me feel as though I am there and do truly inspire me. I wish you all the best,and a Merry Christmas!

    December 17, 2012
    • What a wonderful thing to say, thank you so much. I love Melbourne and I can understand why you would want to come back. Brilliant place, and it has the best coffee. LOL

      December 20, 2012
  35. lifeasiknowitphotography #

    Those are such neat window displays!

    December 17, 2012
  36. That is one great Santa! Thanks.

    December 17, 2012
  37. petit4chocolatier #

    Beautiful pictures bursting with colours!! Love them.
    Congratulations on your awards!! Well deserved :)

    December 17, 2012
    • Thank you so much petit4chocolatier. for both, haha, :)

      December 20, 2012
  38. Beautiful photographs… I loved them all. Congratulations dear Leanne Cole, Merry Christmas and Happy New year, Thank you, love, nia

    December 17, 2012
    • Thank you Nia, you are so sweet, I am so glad you liked the photos, they are much better in person, but I am glad you like this.

      December 20, 2012
  39. Its a wonderful time of year. You truly found some Christmas Cheer in Melbourne!

    December 18, 2012
    • I was really starting to wonder if I ever would, but I am so glad that I have, thank you Mark1

      December 20, 2012
  40. Oh, Leanne, you did a fantastic job with these spectacular shots! Such a fun story line, too! Especially love that you captured the ‘froggies’ celebrating under the snow…who’da thunk?

    December 18, 2012
    • Thank you so much 1000, they were a challenge, but you know, we both love those. I am happy with how they came out, nice for a bit of Christmas cheer. I love the frogs too. :)

      December 20, 2012
  41. I love your pictures! :D

    December 18, 2012
  42. Christmas in the southern hemisphere sure is strange! Love these pictures.

    December 19, 2012
  43. That is an awesome place! How fun!! I love the shots :) Do they only go all out during Christmas? Or do they decorate during other holidays as well?

    January 1, 2013

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