Santa’s Grotto

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Well I have finally done it, and submitted to the enevitable. The Big C word is well and truly upon us and in full swing. Each year the festive season seems to kick off a week earlier. It was bad enough that the TV ads and shops kicked off the season just as soon as my beloved Samhain was over, but this year I noticed that everything started a week before the bonfires were even lit and the kids had dressed up. Dont get me wrong, I’m no Ebeneezer Scrooge, but two months of being bombarded with Christmas is far more than I can bare. And so I will continue my resistance to this festive overkill. This year I managed to hold out until last weekend, when under duress and some emotional blackmail, I spent all day Saturday, putting up the tree and decorations around the house, much to the delight of Ava and Dylan. Ryan seemed more concerned with his Playstation, with the never ending sound of gunfire and explosions emmiting from his room, well he is 10 after all. That said he was the first to finish and mail his letter to Santa, so I guess he has’nt grown up too fast thankfully.

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Last week also saw the annual return of Santa’s Grotto in the office. Its pretty cool to see, especially when you arrive into the office first and the lights havent gone on yet. Sadly this is my first Christmas without a working DSLR, so I have been using a combination of my HTC camera phone and a little Nikon point & shoot. To be honest I must say that I have been struggling to get the shots that I like with these, but on a positive note it has forced me to engage with these not so powerfull devices and utilize their settings to get the best image possible. The outdoor lights which make christmas all so enjoyable are a real torment to capture, but more about that later this week. I am still planning the kids Christmas portraits, complete with Festive jumpers in front of the tree. Hopefully I will have this organised for the weekend, so wish me luck. In the mean time, enjoy the few images from Santa’s Grotto and tomorrow will see the next instalment of the Capturing History Challenge. Its looking a little shy this week, so if you still wish to get an entry in for inclusion this week, please do it soon.

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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22 Responses to Santa’s Grotto

  1. Ali Isaac says:

    You have a Christmas Grotto at work??? Wow, cool! I didn’t know you were still without a camera…. that explains why so few site visits and posts from you lately. What’s the outlook? Can it be repaired? Would you like some pics of Loughcrew for the Capturing history Challenge? I won’t have time to write a new post today but I have 2 0r 3 already on the blog I can send links to.

  2. I hate Christmas. Its accompanying “generosity/goodwill” should be 365 days a year. The homeless need food/shelter in April as much as December. Seasonal charity… bah humbug!

    • I hear ya brother, and too be honest most of the good will in December is self centered for most people. Then you got the emotional blackmail to conform to the madness for the kids.

      • Best antidote to the fake goodwill? Volunteer all year round. It is easy, as there are always people looking for help to help others. Make every month the “Christmas” season, and the world becomes a better place bit by bit…

  3. I hear you on the over hyped lead up to Christmas. This year I strangely managed to block it out completely literally until the week before last and the only reason I let it in was because I had to start buying presents for all of the little people in the family.
    I am looking forward to it this year because I have not been bombarded with all of the crap we are always made to suffer.
    Sorry to hear that your camera is away up the swans, that must be so tough for someone like yourself.
    I truly hope that Santa somehow finds out and drops one off for you…. 😉

  4. beetleypete says:

    That’s a serious work grotto, Ed. I’m not a great fan of the Christmas season myself, but Julie loves it, so I go along for the ride.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. I hope you asked Santa for a new or working DSLR.

  6. Darlene says:

    Well done! Have a marvellous Christmas with your family Ed!

  7. Hope your Samhain was well blessed. Merry Christmas and Wonderful New Years.

    Sharon and all the cats

  8. You held out pretty good there, Ed. Everything just looks happy. Cheers.

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