Christmas comes to Martin Place

November 14, 2006 at 10:23 am | Posted in Christmas, General, Sydney | 2 Comments

Martin Place has begun setting up its Christmas tree, which is quite novel for me as I’ve never seen a giant version of the plastic tree my family and I set up each year. My understdaning of other countries (northern hemisphere) is that they use real trees and so for any of you foreigners out there you may want to check out the construction – assuming it hasn’t been finished yet. It just seems so bizarre, a tall trunk with a ‘regular’ sized tree at the top.

Speaking of weird, while walking through the already decked out Sydney Central mall on my way to the Galleries Victoria I noticed the music they were piping through the center. Donnie Darko’s “Mad World”, are they trying to depress people into shopping? Where’s the cheery holiday music?

Apparently at David Jones, whose window displays have several songs playing and I have to admit to feeling just a bit Christmas-y listening to it while waiting for the lights to change. Luckily no-one honked their horns or were being otherwise obnoxious to kill my spirits. Last year I practically forgot about Christmas (beyond the obvious at the malls) and didn’t really engage until the last minute. Perhaps this is a good sign over a month out?  


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  1. Hmmm, I tend to object to your feelings of happy season spirits.

    DJs unveiled thier christmas window displays on Monday 30 october which is AWFUL – I mean, October?? It makes me wish that Australia will embrace Thanksgiving – that way, we don’t get hammered with Christmas stuff until late November.

    I stand at the cnr of Elizabeth/King every night waiting for the lights to change. So every night, I get to hear between 5 seconds and 3 minutes of “the 12 days of christmas” (which is a bit mashed with Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls). Its torture. I have put up with it for almost a month, and it kills me to think its going to go on for another month.

    It is cute watching the little kids stare at the displays (becuase objectively, they are quite impressive). But seeing them every day, sometimes twice a day, for over a month is just not good.

    The commercialisation of christmas is drivvvving me craazzzzyyy….

  2. I imagine if I was being thumped over the head since then I would be annoyed too. Since this post I haven’t felt too Christmas-y but it was nice to have a small spark of the good cheer – at least not brought on by beer!

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