As at 3.20pm today, I officially declared myself excited about Christmas. My eyes literally welled up with tears as I witnessed thousands of dandelion seeds swirling from the heavens, dancing blissfully through crazy traffic with aimless determination.
And it wasn't hay fever. The skies were clear blue. It was a 24 degrees Celsius afternoon. This was as close to a White Christmas as I think I'll experience in Auckland.
If anything was going to get me in the mood, this moment catapulted me into the Christmas spirit. With only days until all chaos was to break loose in my household, I decided it was time to embrace the Kiwi Christmas with both hands. I needed to tick off Franklin Road from my to-do list immediately.
So, tonight I hit Franklin Road in Ponsonby, Auckland. A tourist attraction by all accounts for the month of December, visitors and home owners were in good form.
All over New Zealand though, individuals and complete streets get into the spirit of Christmas and go mad for the silly season of lights. Every city or township has them, the enthusiasts that is. If they have the passion to source and pay for elaborate lighting from sleeping reindeer and Santa Claus climbing palm trees, to flashing angels and laser light shows --- good on them, and they have my full support!
Santa and his little elves handed out sweets, 13 year old Vincent entertained passers by with a most excellent violin rendition of Jingle Bells, children squealed in delight and parents captured every second on their i-phones. Christmas bliss!
If you haven't already discovered a pocket of joy in your neighbourhood, may I highly recommend you do with not a moment to lose. May it bring a smile to your dial and shine a little light in your heart this Christmas.
Merry Christmas folks!