Saturday, December 26, 2009

Reflecting on Christmas

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Some Christmas reflections for James' "Weekend Reflections" meme

In my search for signs of Christmas in Jerusalem's Old City, I was lucky to find Santa, two trees, AND a reflection at one restaurant in the Christian Quarter.

The man, table, and interesting fake tree you saw in the glass door were actually across the street.

This truck of the Jerusalem Municipality came loaded with freshly-cut tree crowns.
(Remember the post on the distribution of free Christmas trees?)
In the front of the rearview mirror you see the Old City through the Jaffa Gate opening.
And here is the other direction: the other half of Jaffa Gate, which continues on as the City Wall that encircles the Old City.
See the happy people standing with their new trees?
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Christmas blessings to you from the Holy City.
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26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Awesome reflections! Happy Holidays.

awarewriter said...

Neat reflections. The first one is complex indeed.

Leif Hagen said...

It seems like you had a fun photo adventure and found some nice Christmas happiness to show us!

Serendipity said...

That last shot is great!

Albert Lázaro-Tinaut said...

A very good blog, Dina, very interesting.
Best regards from Barcelona!

Pietro said...

Very fine sequence of reflections, Dina.
Beautiful the contrast between the green Christmas tree and the blue door.

Sara said...

Though I like them all...that last photo is a winner!

Martha in PA said...

Thank you for sharing your photos.

My SWF/WR

Petrea said...

Great stuff as always, Dina. I so enjoy all your posts.

Louis la Vache said...

Joyeux Noël!

Julie said...

These were reflections in the wider sense of the word too, Dina. You are probably used to seeing the ancient world cheek by jowl with the modern world. It moves me each and every time.

I wish you health and happiness as we move on into 2010 and I wish you wealth to enable you to journey more frequently to Sydney to see your family!!

Sally said...

Hi Dina
Thanks for all your friendly visits over the year - sorry I am not a better commenter! Too busy.
Thanks for bringing us some Xmas from Jerusalem.

Sally

RuneE said...

You have caught quite a lot in one go! But I'm not quite sure If I liked the fake Christmas tree... :-)

PS Thank you for the comments - you where one of the few who READ what I wrote about the winter solstice. Maybe I was being to subtle... :-)

PPS Seasons Greetings to you too!

Lucy Corrander said...

What surprising images! (Surprising to me anyway.)

Lucy

Malyss said...

Good catch as photographer, and an interesting different view on Christmas!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

season's greetings@!

cieldequimper said...

A good eye, you have such an excellent eye Dina! These are all great!

Therese said...

Happy people is always something we tend to look for at Christmas time and you found some.
Have a nice season!

Helena said...

These are beautiful reflections! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

FA said...

Another great use of your incredible creativity, Dina.

When I think of Christmas in Jerusalem Santas and fake trees aren't exactly what I have in mind...nevertheless, a reality of the times.

Maia said...

Hello Dina,
This is my first visit to your beautiful blog.
You've captured some very special scenes in the last two photos and there is a contrasting idea in the first ones. Beautiful photos.

Kay said...

I LOVE that reflection shot! It tells a lot of stories. Wonderful post.

Vogon Poet said...

A nice reflection and some very good shots of everyday life.
I have always been in Jerusalem in spring, it must be quite different during the Christmas Holidays.

James said...

Great reflections Dina. In the top photo it was fun trying to figure out what was inside and what was reflected. I must admit that I was fooled. :)

mbkatc230 said...

These are wonderful reflections Dina. The first one really fools the eye. This is a great series of shots. Kathy

Lois said...

I really enjoyed your pictures. Very nice reflections!