Monday, November 30, 2009


Every year I try to get all my Christmas shopping done and then I like to take a day and go by myself to the Malls. Not to do any more shopping. Just to enjoy the decorations, listen to the music and watch all the hustle and bustle.

Today, I thought I would make a quick dash out to pick up a few more presents.

I thought I would be brave and head over to one of our smaller malls, in hopes that it wouldn't be as crowded.

This mall used to be called Crystal Court and it's across the street from our big mall, South Coast Plaza.

Every year they put up this different kind of Christmas tree. It's three stories tall so I couldn't get it all in one picture.

The top is the tree top and a big Santa, then the middle has a little village built into the bark.

The windows light up and you can almost picture the families going about their day inside.

The bottom has a train going around and through the tree. There is snow all around and little animals hidden throughout.

This is the top of the tree.

It's pretty clever and it is different but I'm not sure if I like it or not. I think I'm more of a traditional kind of girl and prefer just a big tree with lights and ornaments and a star on top.

The mall was pretty empty and I found myself walking around and just enjoying the feeling of Christmas that was in the air.

The music was playing, people were in a happy mood and I saw this sign that pointed me to the man himself! Santa! I just had to go see him.

I saw snow and polar bears playing. I must be close to the North Pole by now.

This friendly guy offered to give me a ride in his sled but I told him I would just walk.

Then I saw it! A sign that said I was there. I was at the North Pole. I saw a house and wondered if I could have possibly found Santa's House.

I moved over a little bit to take a peek inside and there he was! He saw me. He waved to me and shouted out "Merry Christmas".

I gave Santa a smile and I waved back then I quickly walked away. I didn't want him to think I was stalking him. Nor, did I want to take away any time the children had with him.

A short walk down the way I notice Santa's Express was open. Oh how I wished I was a kid again.

I would have loved to been able to hop on the train and have the big bear conductor take me around.

But, I am an adult and so I had to leave the train without a ride.

So, I went into the stores. I loved looking at the tables all set for the Holiday.

I thought this was a cute idea. Brown paper packages tied up with strings as the little gift to your guest.

This table was all reds and whites. I thought it was pretty and could be perfect for a breakfast table setting or dinner.

I think I like the red and white look for Christmas tables. There are so many colors to pick from and so many pretty settings out there it's hard to pick.

What's your favorite color?

As I was walking around and people watching I almost forgot to look up!

Once I did I noticed there were lots of decorations up there too.

Big wreaths hung from every entrance and there were beautiful big pots of bright red poinsettias everywhere.

Even outside was decorated with red and white flowers and larger then life size ornaments with hangers attached. They look like the Jolly Green Giant dropped one of his ornaments for his big tree and it landed right there.

I did get a few presents but mostly I just enjoyed the Christmas season in all it's glory.

I can't wait to get out the bigger malls now. If this little one was so full of the Christmas Spirit I wonder wonder how exciting the bigger places will be.

Now if only I would feel better so I could get my own Christmas decorations out...


SharDon Exclusives said...

Gorgeous decorations!!! I have purposely stayed away from the malls so I wouldn't spend so I have missed all of the fuss. Maybe I will go have lunch at the Mall of Georgia and see what is going on there. Thank you for sharing your beautiful trip. How festive!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your mall looks so lovely, Joanne! Your photos are wonderful! Sometimes I wish I were a child again for just a few days...especially at Christmas.

I have not been shopping in the stores this season as I have a stress fracture in my foot. I did my shopping by catalog and online and ETSY. Easy, but not as much fun!

Lee Weber said...

Hi- and thanks for coming over to my blog! Love all the mall photos, I don't usually go, but the decorations are great. My kids are 3 and 6, they might still like to see Santa. Hopefully we're past the age of crying as soon as they see him!

real estate agent Toronto said...

Hi. Wonderful pictures, I like especially that one with little train. I like shopping before Christmas very much. I try to absorb all the atmosphere, music, decorations,... However, there must not be too many people. So that's why, in my opinion, it's good to go shopping rather in the first half of December.

Good luck,

Furry Bottoms said...

That tree is amazing!!!! I remember SCP and the Crystal Court. You said it used to be called that? What do they call it now? Last time I was there, they had built that gigantic movie theater. AND is that big red ball ornament near the corner of Nordstrom?