I live in the capital city of my country. This sentence probably creates an image of a big, fully developed city, with high buildings and wide streets. But my country is so small and I have read that it can be compared to a single American suburb. I have also heard many stories about people never even hearing about my country and thinking that the person telling about it is joking with them.
So this really makes me a small town girl – you know the kind that never got away. Actually many young people in my country do exactly that – they simply move on into the big world. And as I am still here let me show you how we celebrate Christmas.
To be quite accurate, Christmas – the 25th December is not very popular where I live. It is a regular working day, and it does feel off with the rest of the world. For instance this year I have received many greetings and best wishes from the rest of the world on this day and even most of our clients were celebrating this event. It just doesn’t feel quite right working on Christmas when almost everyone else is celebrating.
So, what we do celebrate is the New Year’s eve. Now that is some event around here! We have a major party going on in the center of the town, and when I was younger I use to go some years to welcome midnight or the beginning of the New Year. The thing is that December can get extremely cold so it really doesn’t suit me anymore.
But it sure is joyful! We have temporarily food and drinking stands all over the center, usually we have a stage with bands singing and many people come, so it can get pretty nice. What I like most is that you can really feel love in the air, I love how people get really kind to each other on New Year’s eve! All problems and hate just vanish and that is the most close unity feeling I get from people.
What I really wanted to show you some town decorations and if I get more pictures I will add them later. Today we had our first snow this year so it really is magical, just as it should be for Christmas and the New Year celebrations.
I live in a small apartment, but it is very near the center, so I have some cafe bars right next to my building. As you can see from the above image they have decorated it and it looks really nice. I even have a small pool just across the street so I am really not missing a lot by living in a small apartment – but that is another story.
We have some decorated big trees around town and hanging ornaments across streets, so when I’m driving it really feels as a celebration. Combine that with some good music and a heating car and you can a very pleasant drive wherever you need to go. Mostly shops for me that would be :). Here are the hanging ornaments on the streets – and unfortunately the cars stopping at that moment were some old ones, so I really didn’t get the kind of picture I wanted – but it is real life:
The picture below is from the very center of the city – and I love walking underneath these hanging lights. Makes me feel like a queen on her path :))).
This year we have a new decoration – a giant light up Christmas decoration ball, and I love it! It makes a really noticeable and beautiful decoration. I must say it also looks very unique – nothing I have seen before as a Christmas decoration. So this was a very nice surprise to see when walking around town:
Here is another Christmas decoration of our city – and this is my favorite one. I don’t know how much it can be seen form the picture but it is breath taking when you walk under it. And a little flaw – the first tree of the right is somehow not decorated or maybe the lights got broken:
Our shopping centers are also doing their best for creating a great Christmas atmosphere. And getting people to buy more of course! Here is a very cute decoration of a tree with Christmas figures beneath. I just love the Santa Clause and you can the that wonderful sale sign on the shopping windows behind. Enticing indeed!
And as I adore stars in every shape possible (you can tell from the name of this site) I just had to include this image of hanging star decoration. Lovely!
So how about your city celebrations? Is there something unique going on that you would like to share? I will appreciate your comment!