Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Fun

I love it when people go to that extra little bit of trouble to make Christmas special and fun.
This is what someone in my neighborhood did.

 Brilliant, isn't it? It looks so lifelike, the first time I saw it I got quite a start.  From any angle it looks completely real.

People keep stopping to take photos and they often lift back the wig to check what's beneath.
I love that someone's taken the trouble to make such a fun and clever display to give us all a laugh at Christmas. They've gone to a lot of trouble, too — you can't really see it but the writing on the car door says "R&N Reindeer". The car is an old "ute" (utility truck) — a bit of a classic car in Australia.
(Following up a comment from Theo, I looked up the history of the ute, and turns out it's a fascinating one — and came from a request from an Australian woman farmer in the 1930's to the Ford Australia factory in Geelong to give her a car she could use to drive to church in, as well as take the pigs to market. The story is here.)

I also love that in the couple of weeks or so that it's been here, on a fairly busy street, nobody has damaged it or interfered with it.
Thank you neighbors.
All the best for Christmas and the holidays. Peace on earth.


  1. How fun is that? And frankly, I too am amazed no one's vandalized it.

    Your "ute" looks like an old Ford El Camino, a classic here as well.

    Merry Christmas, Anne. May the holidays and coming year bring you all joy, happiness and everything your heart desires.


  2. Theo, the "ute" was an Australian innovation that later found its way to the rest of the world. It began because a woman farmer wrote in frustration to the Ford manufactory in Geelong (an hour south of Melbourne, where I live) expressing frustration with the choice between car or big truck, and saying she wanted a car she could drive to church on sunday in and then take her pigs to market in it on Monday.

    The story is here:

    Have a fabulous Christmas. Theo. Stay safe, and enjoy your family.

  3. Great photos Anne. Yes everyone in our neighbourhood was getting very excited about this one. I cycled past it many times.

    Did you see they made the front page of the Hun? Turns out the guy spent $3000 building the whole thing... and his family weren't too impressed until they saw how much people loved it.