This year, for the first time ever, the ME-stricken Dafter actually allowed me to help her set up the Nativity set! Believe me, it was an honour and a privilege. This is the arrangement we came up with together:
Last year at this time, when she was still recovering from four months of infections and before the ME really took a grip, she was well enough to do two Nativity scenes from Playmobil, traditional and modern. However, I was pleased that she was well enough to do it at all, and with my help, this year.
One of the things I love about Aberdeen at this time of year is the Christmas-tree-in-the-bay-window tradition. There are many Victorian buildings with two “dwelling-houses”, and thus two living rooms with bay windows, one on top of the other. On many streets you’ll see two Christmas trees seemingly stacked up, like this:
It’s not uncommon to see four Christmas trees in close proximity, where you have two sets of bay windows side by side – but I haven’t managed to get a photo of that.
Here are the Music Hall and Union Street with their Christmas lights:
About three weeks ago, when the moon was full, I happened to be in town running errands in the late afternoon. I stopped to watch the full moon rise from behind the Town House spire at the Castlegate. It’s a difficult thing to take a photo of, but if you look at the centre of the photo below, can you see the moon coming out from behind where the clock is seemingly hovering in the sky? It was a beautiful sight – and over so quickly. Soon the moon was sailing away.
Another of my favourite sights is the leopard made of lights, who slinks through the wee garden across from the Central Library. I’ve written here about the symbolism of the cats of Aberdeen. I don’t suppose Karen, who lives in the forest where real cougars prowl, would be so fond of it as I am!
And so to home and our own Christmas tree, which is as pleasing to me as ever:
I hope you’re all enjoying this time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Our family had a funny (I thought) conversation recently about the reports that the world will end this coming Friday.
The Dafter: “Happy Apocalypse Week!”
me: “Oh darn, I haven’t sent all my Apocalypse cards yet!”
Michael: “Well, it’s not as if it’s the end of the world.”
Perhaps we’re easily amused, but it’s good to laugh!