I love Christmas, and boarded the big orange bus for a trip to Wellington today to see the Kirks Christmas Shop. The weather was wet and drizzly but very warm, and the hills across the harbour were covered in mist.
Nobody does Christmas better than Kirks Christmas Shop, in my view anyway. Kirkcaldies and Stains department store (affectionately known as Kirks) is a Wellington institution and has been around since the early days of settlement. It was founded in 1863 by young Britons John Kircaldie and Robert Stains as a “men’s hosiers and linen drapers”. The tradition of a Christmas Shop started in 1988. As we have come to expect, the shop windows were beautifully decorated and groups of excited youngster watched all the moving displays in fascination. Unfortunately, the reflections in the windows would not allow for good photos.
I climbed the curving staircase up to the 2nd floor and joined the many Mums and their offspring to gaze in wonder at all the Christmas delights. The staff were quite happy for me to take photos.
There was a whole wall of little village houses with their windows all lit up and shining out across the supposed winter wonderland. (We celebrate Christmas in Summer down here in New Zealand) Each one could be purchased separately and you could chose from the Donut Shop, the Gingerbread Factory, Day Care, House of Chocolate, Fire Station, St Stevens Bell Chapel and many more. They were all so perfect in their own way and a purchaser would be hard pressed to make a choice, I expect.
I was amused to see a whole range of special Christmas toys for those with pet dogs. No doubt the dog would make short work of this Christmas chicken.
There was so much to take in that I had to walk around several times. Displays were all themed and colour coordinated and the whole Christmas Shop was delightful. Many of the automated toys were up and running and the shop was filled with the sounds of happy songs and music.