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CHRISTMAS IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

December 18, 2011

 

POEMS 

A Happy Christmas to all from Poetry Alive

Happy Christmas

How quickly the years pass

In the blink of an eye

Christmas looms large

The year almost gone.

Nothing remains the same

Another week and for a while

Poetry Alive will be no more

Settled into a period of hibernation

The big bear breathes deep but seldom sleeps

Yet as we busy ourselves with Christmas fare

Give a thought or two to poetry remember

Sparrows still chatter in early light

Dewdrops will shine in the morning sun

Let us hope that a new year

Will bring new hope

May the world bloom afresh with poetry

And that will the robin

Will find a warm place nest

Where the leaves are the deepest green

And the shade hangs heavy.

So sit up straight

You’re homework

To be marked upon return

And remember if you can’t do anything good

Don’t do anything

Poems about cities #3: Sydney

You’re the city
I fell for
because you
remind me
of the one I really love and cannot be with.
That first day
I met you
you were all
frangipanis
and eucalyptus trees, so how could I resist?

Small Scenes In Sydney

It’s when
the first bus
goes down
Oxford Street
with
the daylight
just
pinching the edge,
the rim
of
the night,
the noise
begins.
Someone whistles,
passes
this window,
quietly
whistling.
It’s these
working days
and
the restless
cars and scooters
at the lights.
In the middle
of the
Messiaen concert,
suddenly,
I wanted
to be
outside the hall,
to have
stumbled across
this building
full of music
while walking
in the
winter night.
At dusk,
before
the storm
broke,
the bats
flew in
above
the
gigantic
fig trees.
It was
remarkable.
I get up
from
a chair
to watch
the rain
outside
and
stub my toe
on the
table leg.
* Drinking
water
in a
suburb
called
‘Zetland’.

Pam Brown

 
 
 

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REMEMBER IT’S SYDNEY

A Recent Article By Larry Rivera

Forget the snow, forget the sleighs.

It’s never a white Christmas in Australia where Christmas Day occurs in the first month of the southern summer. Unless of course, you are at the top of Mt Kosciuszko where you still might find some unmelted snow.

Forget the turkey

And, for Christmas in Australia, you may as well forget the turkey, too, although quite a large number of Aussies cling to the English tradition of a Christmas roast dinner. And yes, it’s quite anachronistic to have cold-weather fare on a summer’s day.

The trend for Christmas in Australia has been toward seafood – prawns, lobsters, crabs, mussels, scallops, pippies, Balmain bugs – and cold salad as Christmas fare. And lots of fine Australian wine and robust Australian beer.

Northern trappings

Despite all that, the trappings of the northern Christmas are as ever-present in Australia as in the western countries north of the equator.

So, for Christmas in Australia, we have Santa Claus (sweltering in his heavy suit), Christmas cards (some depicting snow and, yes, sleighs and reindeer, too), Christmas carols, heavy shopping and Christmas gift-giving.

Outdoor activities

Because it’s summer, many Christmas in Australia celebrations occur outdoors, with steaks and prawns on the barbie, and beer drunk out of bottles.

In the evening, there could be Carols by Candlelight, the big ones being at the Domain in Sydney and at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. Smaller cities, and towns, and villages and suburbs, too, may have their own Carols by Candlelight versions.

Church services

For the religious there’s Midnight Mass and Christmas Day services.

And there’s always the beach

And because it’s summer, there’ll be people celebrating Christmas in Australia on the beach when the weather’s fine.

SYDNEY TOWN HALL AT NIGHT (2009)

SYDNEY TOWN HALL FACADE AT NIGHT (2006)

SYDNEY BUS DRIVER DRESSED AS SANTA

CHRISTMAS BANNERS ARE ALL OVER SYDNEY THESE ARE AT MARTIN PLACE

CHRISTMAS TREE AT MARTIN PLACE

CHRISTMAS TREE AT MARTIN PLACE AT NIGHT

CHRISTMAS TREE AT DARLING HARBOR

CHRISTMAS TREE IN UNION SQUARE PYRMONT

SANTA AT THE BROADWAY SHOPPING MALL ULTIMO SYDNEY

SANTA AT THE BROADWAY SHOPPING MALL ULTIMO SYDNEY

SANTA AT THE WILDLIFE EXHIBIT DARLING HARBOR SYDNEY

SANTA AT THE SYDNEY AQUARIUM

SANTA ON A DESTROYER AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

SANTA LOOKING OVER DARLING HARBOR SYDNEY

 

 

SANTA LOOKING OVER DARLING HARBOR AT HARBUORSIDE  SHOPPING CENTER

 

 

SANTA AT HARBOURSIDE CONVENTION JETTY

 

 

SANTA HANGING OFF THE CONVENTION CENTER BUILDING

 

 

SANTA ON TOP OF THE SOUTH STEYNE A FORMER FERY AND NOW A FLOATING RESTAURANT

CHRISTMAS ON PITT STREET CENTRAL SYDNEY

 

 

CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT ON PITT STREET SYDNEY

 

 

CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINMENT PITT STREET ENTRAL SYDNEY

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS WINDOW OF GIFTS LOUIS VUITTON SYDNEY

 

 

LOUIS VUITTON CHRISTMAS WINDOW SYDNEY

 

 

LOUIS VUITTON CROCODILE SYDNEY

 

 

LOUIS VUITTON KANGAROO

 

 

DAVID JONES CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

ESPRESSO MACHINE – DAVID JONES CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

 

 

 

MYERS DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

DAVID JONES DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

DAVID JONES DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

DAVID JONES DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

DAVID JONES DEPARTMENT STORE CHRISTMAS WINDOW

 

 

EMPLOYEES GETTING READY FOR THE 9 AM CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT DAVID JONES DEPARTMENT STORE

 

 

SECONDARY STUDENTS PLAYING MUSIC IN MARTIN PLACE CENTRAL SYDNEY

 

 

LARGE SIGN FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT A NEARBY CHURCH

 

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT AT THE MUSTARD SEED UNTING CHURCH IN ULTIMO, SYDNEY

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT THE MUSTARD SEED UNITING CHURCH ULTIMO, SYDNEY

 

 

THE THREE WISE MEN

 

 

JESUS AND HIS DONKEY

 

 

ANGELS IN THE MANGER

 

 

EVERY ONE LISTENS INTENTLY TOTHESTORY OF CRISTMAS

 

 

WAITING FOR SANTA 

 

 

SANTA HAS ARRIVED!!

 

 

SANTA AND HIS HELPERS

 

 

SANTA !!

 

 

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

 

 

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VIDEOS

Christmas Lights at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

 

 

 

 

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  1. May 9, 2017 4:25 am

    Times are chninagg for the better if I can get this online!

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