More Christmas Traditions
Christmas at Grandma's House
For many years my mother has had a
pre-Christmas party where all of the family crashes her house and
she works like a crazy woman to keep everyone happy. This year was
larger than previous because of yet another grandchild added to
the collection - James's first Christmas.
If you arrive early enough on Friday, you
get to go to Butchart gardens for some skating and a trip on the
Carousel. Skating starts at the top of each hour - 45
minutes of ice time and then the ice is cleared and flooded for
the next batch of skaters. Marcus and Dad have been
practicing skating for a while so he looked pretty good out there
on skates. Caitlin, Kayla and Justin are old hands at
this. The Jeffries family were sadly MIA this year.
After skating, we take the shortest path available to get to the
Carousel. The gardens are well lit with a 12 days of
Christmas theme but young kids don't have much patience for
walking about. The Carousel is an additional charge for each
The lighting around the Carousel is
actually a bit of a challenge. The carousel has a lid which
leads to lots of shadows across peoples faces. The light
isn't particularly strong, the Carousel is moving - I wish I had
brought my tripod.
While a modern reproduction, the carousel
is quite a beautiful piece of work. Combined with smiling
faces, it's a nice place to take some photos.
Bright Nights at Stanley Park
Every year the
firefighters in the lower mainland put on a light show in Stanley
Park. This is my first time going and I was impressed by the
crowds. The classical Christmas scenes (Santa, snowmen,
Nutcrackers, candy canes) were setup and lit with strings of
lights. More modern Christmas scenes (Donald Duck, Mickey
Mouse) were also well done, but I really wanted to use the lights
as background for portraits rather than as the main image.
Christmas with the Williams
My sister and
Brother in Law decided to stay home for Christmas. Before we
headed to the island we came by to exchange gifts and let the kids
see each other. It's funny to me how often the kids
wind up playing with the other kid's toys.
A weekend at Grandma's presents a lot of
choices for entertainment. Shopping is always a strong
attraction, but we decided to go see dead fish
instead. Goldstream park is short drive from Vancouver
and has a strong Salmon run around Christmas time. The
trails are wide, the parking is free and there is even a nature
house to warm up in if you get cold. What is not to like?
Having had a child, almost every photo I've taken in the last year
a half has been of my kid or that of a relative. I finally
have a picture of something else - an American Dipper! It's
a local bird that lives close to streams but isn't a duck.
It's long been on my list of "look out for" but this is the first
time I have seen one (and recognized what it was) while out on a
Christmas in Comox
My aunt generously
hosts a boxing day dinner. We drove up to see the family and
enjoy another festival meal.
Tags: lights(5), Butchart Gardens(4), carousel(4), Bright Nights(4), bokeh(3), bird(1)
People: Nara(13), Marcus(5), James(3), Helen(3), Justin(2), Caitlin(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2020 to 2005 > December 2011
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