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Just One More Christmas Around the World.

My Monday posts have been about other people for nearly the whole year.  I did my first “Influencing Me” post in January this year, from there they have evolved and become my popular posts.  I don’t know if I should be upset or happy that people seem to prefer other peoples photos to mine, so I have always just gone with the flow.  If people like the posts, I’m happy to keep doing them, and they will continue in 2014.

I had thought that my Christmas posts would stop last week, but I received a couple of submissions for my Christmas Around the World posts and decided to post them here for my last Monday post for 2013.

Marsha from Marsha Lee sent me some photos from an office party she went to.  She said this about her photos “We went to an office Christmas party on Thursday night in downtown Visalia on Main Street. The street view is Main Street in downtown at our most festive, as is the picture of the kids playing Christmas carols.  The other one is from our house”.

Phillip sent me a link to his photos, and I am so embarrassed because I completely missed it last time.  So I hope you don’t mind Phillip I thought I would show them today.  His photos are from photos of Cleveland OH, USA and his blog is philipcampbellPHOTOGRAPHY.

I just discovered another one I missed.  Sorry Maggie.  Her blog is called Tide Line Still Life and she sent me one image.

sffamily2I have one final person who sent me some images, or a link to their post on Christmas photos.  I am getting so confused, I hope I didn’t post these week.  These are from Kerry at Love Those “Hands at Home”, he said his photos “show a more rustic American sort of Christmas” and they are quite different to here.

I need to thank the above people and all the people who have contributed images for these posts.  It has been great seeing Christmas all around the world and what different places do.  I have had requests to do it again next and maybe I will.  I also want to apologise to anyone who may have sent me something and it has gone missing or I missed it.

This is the last post like this and next Monday the series of Introductions and Influencing Me posts will continue.  Lots more people to find and share with you.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone.  It has finally got here, always seems so far away, then you realise it is very close, then the day seems to take forever to actually arrive.

Today is a day for giving, and I decided quite a while ago that I wanted to say thank you to you for all your support, for listening to me whinge, offering advice when I needed it and for the most part being fantastic followers, actually I take that back, for the whole part.  I love writing this blog and I love hearing from you.  You help make this blog successful.  So I decided I needed to do something in return.

I want to give you something, which isn’t easy, but then I thought, I could give a photo, one, if you like it you can download and print it if you like.  The image is for your personal use, and you can’t sell it or do anything else with it.  Just need to be clear about that.  The image is one of a few I chose and two friends helped me decide which one to use.  I hope you like it.

This image was taken in Lorne in February this year.  It is one of my favourites from the year, and I hope you like it as well.

I think I will have to put it into a gallery so  you can copy it at full size.  It is about 3-4MB, or least it should be.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Christmas Eve, One More Sleep

Today, being Christmas Eve and now that my work for the City of Melbourne is complete, I thought I would show some of the other things I’ve been snapping this month.  They are bits and pieces of Christmas that I have found around the place.

LeanneCole-blockarcade-20131129-5406There were shop windows dressed up for the occasion.

LeanneCole-brunetti-20131129-5408Coffee shops like Brunetti’s getting into the Christmas spirit.

LeanneCole-city-20131210-5420Small arcades making an effort for Christmas.

LeanneCole-city-20131208-5416Fire trucks and firemen coming to Bourke Street to give away lollies and to give kids a chance to see inside a fire engine.

LeanneCole-city-20131207-5412Trying to fit in more and more.  I was so happy with this shot, taken with the new camera, the D800, the best gift I got this year.  It shows both entrances to the Block Arcade.

Christmas is almost with us and this is my last Christmas post, thank you to those who have stayed with me throughout the whole month.  It has been an interesting month.  Getting the job to take photos for the City of Melbourne was great, but then my back decided to give out, so things were very topsy turvy this month, still I got the images and they are happy.  I wish I could have got more photos, but I hope you have enjoyed what I did get.

I am going to put a whole heap more in a gallery now.  Christmas Day tomorrow, a day of giving and being with those you love, I will be doing a post, but a short one.

Christmas Around the World and Christmas in 2 Days

This week I have received quite a few submissions for my Christmas Around the World post, and I know it is going to take me awhile to get through them all.  I hope you enjoy these snippets from lots of others.

Nia has been busy posting photos on her blog and here are the links for the posts Christmas from around the world, Santa Monica California, Leanne Cole Photography and Christmas in La Jolla.  Here are some of the photos from her blog.

CHARLIE BILLUPS has sent me a link to some a Christmas carnival held inside Navy Pier’s Grand ballroom in Chicago.

Amy from Petals Unfolding sent me a link to her images of Christmas lights from a park called Steglmeier Park, located in Cheektowaga, NY.

Jemimah, from JEMIMAH ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY, sent me a link to some of the photos she has taken of decorations on a Christmas tree, I think hers.

elPadawan from the Czech Republic has sent me a few links, so I might cut and past his email here, so you can get the explanations as well, I have written about how Christmas Eve is celebrated traditionally in Czech Republic here:  I have written very recently about the lighting of the Christmas tree in our small village in Bohemia:  And last year, I also wrote a bit about a Christmas market in Germany, in Regensburg. It’s not exactly where I live, but I found some of the pictures to be nice :) and  I have selected a small number of images, but there are plenty more to see at those links.

Bangkok was the feature of the next email from Mike and his blog post Changes in latitude, changes in attitude, so I have chosen some of images.

An email from Mark that said, “I liked the contrast of the Santa Claus decoration and the rum and Coke ad in this photo” and I had to agree.  He sent one image, from his blog In The Deed.  This is the front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz.

The front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Belize, is decorated for both Christmas and the happy times of rum and Coke. Santa Cruz is about 20 miles north of Placencia, Belize.

The front door to a restaurant in Santa Cruz, Belize, is decorated for both Christmas and the happy times of rum and Coke. Santa Cruz is about 20 miles north of Placencia, Belize.

SUKIES ORIGINAL from Australia sent me two images of her husband with this explanation, “My husband has been a drama teacher and actor for over 40 years, but a couple of gigs in a red suit two years ago were the toughest and most terrifying performances of his life…In the second shot, he was waiting, and waiting, for the fire truck to come and take him to the Primary School, and getting more stage fright the longer he waited!”  Love the story Sukie, and here are the images.

Fabio sent me one photo from New Zealand and explained the reason for sending this, “I have found it having the perfect nature colors to commemorate Christmas”.  I have to agree, we have these in Australia too, and they are perfect for Christmas.


Robert from the United States has sent more images, I like his work Christmas photos, and it is great to see how people decorate their work environment. There are photos from two posts here, and I haven’t included all the photos, so you will need to go and take a look at the others.  The posts are Luminarias and Christmas Photos.

Another Australian with some photos of how they celebrate Christmas.  M & A’s World sent me a number of links to various photos.  Family Advent Calendar Activities…Weekly Photo Challenge: Let there be light…!Decorating…, and Good Timing…  Again, I have just chosen a selection of images.

Findlater Photography sent me a link their post on 12 Days of Christmas (Images) – Day 11 “Here is a link to our latest post – the Southland, NZ Christmas Parade.”  More photos from Down Under, but New Zealand again.

I received an email from Lucid Gypsy who is in the South West of England, she has sent me a link to her blog post KILLERTON AT CHRISTMAS and some wonderful photos she has take of the National Trust Property Killerton, near Exeter.

Ray sent me a link to his blog, Storyteller, where he has several posts about Christmas.

Ingrid from Road Tripping Europe sent me another link, but this time to some photos taken in Germany, Christmas In A German Wine Cellar.

Andrew from The Changing Palette sent me a photo that is now his header photo, but I think a lovely one.


SRETAN BOŽIĆ, that is Croatian for Merry/Happy Christmas, Ina from Croatia told me this when she sent me a link to her post CROATIA: ADVENT WELCOMES CHRISTMAS where I found lots of lots of photos of Christmas there.  I have picked a selection, but I suggest you go and take a look, there are many more there.

That is all of the emails I received.  This was a long post to do, but I really hope you enjoy the photos from lots of parts around the world, and please go and take a look at their blogs.

A City Comes Alive 3 Days Before Christmas

Yesterday I decided to head into the city and take photos of the people.  The city is buzzing at the moment and there are people everywhere you look.  Lots of lots of crowds, the buskers are out everywhere, and people are queuing up to see all sorts of things.  I took photos mainly in the City Square and the Bourke Street Mall.  The weather was overcast, but it was a nice temperature.

I thought I would just show them to you in a gallery and put some explanations under some of them.  Is your place buzzing with excitement like Melbourne?

Tomorrow is my Christmas Around the World post, so if you have put photos of Christmas on your blog please email me a link so I can include some of your photos in my post.  Please remember that my Monday is your Sunday for many of you, so the sooner you get them to me the better.

My email is

4 Days to Go and Myer is Keeping Up Traditions

Myer is a department store in Melbourne, I don’t know how long they have been operating for, but it has been a long time, and one of the traditions of Christmas that Myer has always done are their windows.  Everyone tries to get to the Myer Christmas windows to see what they have done this year.  However, Myer also do a lot inside the store as well.


The windows have been so popular this year and every time I go in, I haven’t been able to get near them.  I managed to get some photos over people’s heads a couple of weeks ago, but they aren’t great, as you can see.  The story for the windows was Gingerbread Friends.  You can’t tell by the photos, but things in them move and change, very close to being like an animated story.

I decided this year to get permission to take photos in the store. It seemed like a better thing to do, that way I could just walk around and take photos of what I wanted and wouldn’t have to worry about being told I couldn’t.  I don’t know that I would get told that, but it is private property and they would be well within their rights to do that.

LeanneCole-myer-20131204-83943I was curious to see what they would do this year.  Last year it was a very summery theme, but this year, it was more traditional and more what we are used to seeing at Christmas.  There is a big opening in the middle of the store and they hung these trees down the middle, so you could see them on every floor of the store.

LeanneCole-myer-20131204-83960The theme seemed to be GIVE, I suppose quite a clever one, of course we all want to give, and that means we need to spend money, but I do like the mainly red and white theme that Myer uses.  The word GIVE was everywhere.

LeanneCole-myer-20131204-83939This was one of the first things we sure, this beautiful old sleigh that was used for their decorations.  There was a little sign that explained the sleigh which I photographed and will put in the gallery at the end.


Myer do a lot for Children, and this is part of what they have around the area where Santa is.  I can’t remember the floor, sorry.  I couldn’t see Santa, he is in a special house, though when my children were little we used to take them to Myer to see Santa and have a photo taken.  Myer do visiting Santa really well, it is quite private and really intimate, it is wonderful.  So I couldn’t get to see Santa, maybe next year I can ask for access, maybe.

I am going to do the gallery now.  It was great going in there and taking photos.  I hope you enjoy them.  I would also like to say thank you to Myer for allowing me to go and take photos in their city store.

Just a reminder, Monday is fast approaching, and I am looking for emails from people with links to their Christmas photos.  So if you have any, please send me an email.

My email is

Docklands in Full Coverage and Only 5 Days to Chirstmas

Yesterday I braved the heat and headed into the city to take photos of heat weary kids lining up to see Santa. With the temperature set to 40ºC, it was always going to be hot.  I thought going in early would help, but it really didn’t.  I got some nice shots, but because they are children I can’t show you, unfortunately, so I thought I would show you a lot more photos from the Docklands, I took lots.

LeanneCole-docklands-20131217-4851Here is the Christmas Tree with the city behind it.  There were people around, but compared to other places around the city, the Docklands were dead.  It is funny, because I think many of us would like to see the Docklands be successful, and have ideas, but I don’t think the developers are listening to us.  Maybe once the Ferris Wheel is going, if, it will make a big difference.

I had to do a lot of walking this day to get all the photos for the City of Melbourne, but it was nice walking around here.  Then I had to go back that night to catch some photos of the tree with the lights on it.

LeanneCole-docklands-20131217-4857The light pillars also had light lights around them.  It was like lines leading up to the tree.

I am going to do a gallery with nearly all the photos I took that day of the Docklands, both day and night.

My work for the City of Melbourne is almost complete, and Christmas is almost here, we are heading back into rainy weather, which you would think would be good after 40 yesterday, but it would be nice if it were cooler, but still sunny.  It is one of the strangest summers ever so far, ones like this always make me nervous.

I heard some people talking on the train yesterday, two visitors from the UK were saying they found the weather strange, and a woman sitting across from them said, that the weather was very changeable in Melbourne, that she had lived here all her life and still wasn’t used to it.  I remember thinking, that it was absolutely true.  We really never know what we are going to get.

My husband just said another one, “if you don’t like the weather in Melbourne, just wait 5 minutes”.

Just a reminder, Monday is fast approaching, and I am looking for emails from people with links to their Christmas photos.  So if you have any, please send me an email.

My email is

Please note the images in this post have been taken for the City of Melbourne and they have exclusive use of them.



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