Is it just me, or is there a distinct lack of festivities and festiveness in the air this year? Perhaps it’s just the Brisbane weather – 4 months of rain, rain, rain… but there is a lack of lights, carollers, decorations and general christmas type brouhaha.
Most years, our seaside village has a ‘Christmas Lights’ festival. The streets become decorated and lit trees light the kerbstones. Big trees are festooned, markets are bustling and carollers roam the streets. The councils chip in and string lights and garlands around streetscapes.
This year – nada.
Driving out of Brisbane last night, we toured the side streets looking for houses supporting Energex’s retirement fund by sucking kilowatts like breast-feeding babes. Sure – there were a few – but nothing like usual.
Previous years people milled the streets, walking, talking, chatting and sharing merriment. This year, anyone brave enough to get out of the car become instantly soaked by permanent drizzle or abused for standing in someone’s parking space.
Bah humbug, I say.
Even one of the longest Aussie traditions I know of – decorating your indoor tree and placing it by the window so everyone can see your pretty lights – strangely absent this year. TFM says it’s because people don’t want to have presents on display in case their home gets burgled.
Double bah humbug!
In our little street, our home is twinkling away with fairy lights. This year, neighbours decorated their house too, which was lovely and supportive – and hopefully, cheery. Cars drive by our house to look – but not as many as earlier years. TFM is not in his Santa suit waving – he’s inside being 13 and, because Skipper is permanently at work, uninspired.
The canals estate, adjacent to us, is usually glittery with boat pontoons lit up – well, like christmas trees. The reflection off the water is usually visually stunning. This year, maybe 25% of pontoons and boats are decorated. The others are dark and empty looking.
So I ask you – is this the new norm? Are the suburbs around the country as dismal? And while there are still quite a few try hards out there, what about the Councils, Shires and Government departments? I am not talking about leaving office blocks lit up all night, or beaming spotlights into the stratosphere, but hey – Councils – whatever happened to street light garlands and pennant flags? Banners? Those dodgy tinsel covered reindeer that used to perch on every second light pole?
Seriously, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas is now just another merchandising exploit with no spirit.
Bah bah bah and humbug.