Happy Shortest Day! Here it is extremely stormy, dark, and rainy. However, as of today the tide is on the turn and I am delighted! I so much enjoyed your reaction to my photo of the tiered Christmas trees, and Denise’s request to see four together, that I took a wee walk at 4:30 yesterday to see if I could find such a sight. I didn’t quite get the four, but here are some more Aberdonian Christmas trees and decorations, if you’re interested.
Another two trees, stacked in bay windows:
The photo below shows a lower flat with a tree in its bay window, and an upper flat with very “mod-ren” lights, a tree in one bay window and dangling lights in both front windows. The whole thing was flashing in various effects, but I managed to capture them all on at the same time so you could see:
And here we have four flats whose bay windows are close together, and three of them have lit Christmas trees:
But I did notice an alarming new trend, of no Christmas tree and a large light decoration instead. There were two houses on the same street decorated in this way:
Personally, I love tradition and I almost feel that, if you’re going to live in a traditional house (with such beautiful stained glass!) you should HAVE to put a traditional Christmas tree in your bay window! Wrong of me, I know. After all, the Christmas tree tradition itself was only started by Queen Victoria.
The other tradition in terms of lights at Christmastime is the Scandinavian candle arch in the window. You can see one on the right of the Three Christmas Trees photo. (They aren’t real candles, but light bulbs.) I remember noticing these when we first came here in 1992 and loving the simplicity of them. This photo, to me, just says Aberdeen at Christmas:
Some people have both a Christmas tree and a candle arch in their bay window. I don’t know enough about the Christmas decorating traditions of other parts of Scotland to know whether there are more of these Scandinavian candle arches in Aberdeen than in other places, or whether they only became popular in the 1990s, or what. Scottish readers, do please let me know!
Happy solstice, everyone!