It was a wet Christmas Day today, and there was no snow in Vienna. All this was compensated by floods of whites, silver and golden Christmas lights all over town. The traditional red and green lights were almost non-existent this year.
We took some photographs on our trip around the town centre.
Below is Hotel Imperial.
Temperatures were as low as minus 6 degrees celsius although it felt warmer than that. Low temps did not discouraged us from taking a glimpse of what was happening out there. There wasn’t much activity though. Most families were indoors. We are all thankful for a time as this.
Most of us spent the last 4 weeks buying presents for family and friends. Some werre decorating their homes and shopping for special ingredients. While others planned for activities for the big day – Christmas.
There were also parties in homes, work places and public places, all in honour of Christmas. Finally, Christmas Day is here, and for those who have a tradition of opening presents on the day are busy doing so. wea re also opening ours today!
Merry Christmas to you all! May the joy, peace and hope of Christmas fill your homes and hearts now and in the New Year to come. May true meaning of Christmas be a reality in your lives:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,… And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Ushering A Brand New Season – Winter comes with Christmas
The Fall is almost over and winter is kicking in. It is getting colder, and more gloomy. We must not allow what is happening in the atmosphere and around us to influence our inner feelings. We can choose to be joyful and enjoy every moment of winter like any other season inspite of everything.
One thing I like about Viennese, is that they know how to celebrate the coming of winter and Christimas just like any other season.
This weekend saw the opening of various Advent markets all over the city, although others had opened a week ago. We visited Rathaus and took some shots:
Trees which have ben stripped of their leaves; now clothed in bright lights. The effect the lighting system casts on objects and the dark background was spectacular!
There is different exhibition stands, ranging from housekeeping items, games, craft to food and drinks. The most popular stands are those selling warm punch – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. A great way of keeping visitors warm in the cold weather.
The best time to be outdoors these days in Vienna is after 2p:m till late (esp. if you need to take a story photgraphy. The photgrapher who inspires me is Leanne Cole. Click here to view her photos. Across the road tehre is thsis great theatre