20 December 2007

Nollaig Shona Duit...

...means Happy Christmas in Irish.
This post was going to be all about the Christmas spirit in Dublin, how the city has tarted itself up with glitter and sparkles to become magical and festive. Alas, my photography skillz leave a lot to be desired, and our camera takes crap pictures in low light...so how am I supposed to catch the lights strung all over the city center?

Well...it's not the blog post I envisioned but here goes anyway.

Each main street, every alley and lane and all the nooks and crannies are strung with lights and sprinkled with trees.
Bank of Ireland is in on the festivities.

This was supposed to be a shot showing how the Fruit and Flower ladies have expanded their wares to included holly wreaths and Christmas trees. They're a crafty bunch, the F&F ladies. They know their market.

Grafton Street's chandeliers are my favorite, even in the daytime they sparkle.
(Plus they are the only pictures of Christmas lights that came out okay.)
It's not Saks Fifth Avenue but Brown Thomas has some great holiday windows.

Sometimes BT plays Christmas music outside their store too, causing me to smile every time I walk past so...big jolly points to Brown Thomas.

The "Human Statues" have embraced the Christmas spirit as well. Never very good at standing still or even looking like statues to begin with...

...they now wear brightly colored satin robes and try to pass out candy.

Where do these guys shop?
Is there a Holiday Human Statue Store?
St. Stephen's Green Shopping Center, in all it's finery.
Here parents can bring their kids to see Santa in his....

...pirate ship??
Captain Hook is in cahoots with Santa?
Yo ho ho?
And lest you think I am telling tall tales, here's the other side of the S.S. North Pole, with families queued up waiting for the fat man. Note Santa's helper, the pirate (?!?!?) on the right side, ready to take Junior's picture with Santa and his....parrot? His jug of rum? His eye patch?

This is the best of a bunch of really bad pics trying to show nighttime Dublin's Christmas spirit.

Pa rum pum pum pum

Even the bushes in the park feel it...
...you can't escape Christmas in this town. Every body's got the fever.
Except maybe this guy, he ain't feeling Christmas at all.

Yuk - "Guy Getting Arrested" is a downer...let's go home...

...and shake our presents to try to figure out what's in them.

We're doing our best to keep up the Christmas spirit in our humble abode while keeping the acquiring of decorations down to a minimum.
Who needs a tree when you've got window gels, some red berries and a string of lights?

To both of our families, to friends new and old,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!


Becky said...

Great Post :) Those human statues are a riot aren't they? And your right, half the time I saw them when I was in Italy, they didn't impress anyone. They just freaked us out. Maybe that could be Chris's new occupation though??

Christmas=Santa=Pirates. Everyone knows that.

Merry Christmas guys! We miss you :)

Alli Arnold said...

Pirate Santa? Does he bring you booty or steal your booty?

I love to see Dublin at Christmastime! It's so cool that I know all these places. Your apt looks so nice and cozy.

I miss you! I will give everyone an extra squeeze on Christmas day from y'all...


bingo said...

That's amazing because I've tarded myself up with glitter and sparkles too, to become magical and festive.

Anonymous said...

The pirates and santa thing remind me of the post of those giant heads floating in the river, weird.

Your place looks great, very cozy.


Anonymous said...

Kelly and Chris,
Thank you for all the posts. I have really enjoyed each and every one of them. I am looking foward to what (and where) the New Year brings you.(and me!)
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Love, Lizzie

Anonymous said...

Lizzie Garton!!! How are you?