Franklin Road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand
8pm, 23rd December 2010
What started as the occasional family decorating their house has grown and grown each year into one of Auckland's most popular festive spectacles. As we wandered through the long, leafy, gentrified neighbourhood I wondered how competitive the houses felt towards each other, and who was inside looking out checking to see how many photos their house was garnering.
The clear winner (judging by the constant crowds outside and the amount of flash bulbs going off) is the last image in this series. The house was actually playing music (Snoopy's Christmas, of all songs, when we were walking past) and the lights flashed in time with the tune. Talk about dedication! To refuel midway I stopped in for a soy flat white at Agnes Curran, the dearest cafe in a tiny space, at the top of Franklin Road. The staff were very merry, with the walls of the cafe barely containing the myriad eager customers.
Anyway, it's time for me to wish you all, dear readers, a very Merry Christmas!
I hope you have a very lovely time.