5 December 2011

Mondays Memories

Every year our street Elizamay Close has a street Christmas party we really love this tradition, when we first brought our property in May 2004 that November we received our first Christmas party invitation from house no 8 of Elizamay, home to Jerry & Carol since then our little street gathers together every year on the first weekend in December to celebrate Christmas with Elizamay and all that live in our little ‘Close”.
The tradition started when Frank who lives at the very bottom of Elizamay no 10 had the only property on the close then Pete & Mary built their home so of course Frank welcomed them and they would get together every year for a Christmas drink, then Jerry & Carol built their home 2 years later so Frank invited Jerry & Carol to join them and so the story continued each and every time someone new moved into Elizamay Close they would receive and invitation, there are now 10 homes and now our little Close is complete.

I remember when we first received our invitation our son was still living at home after Jerry had hand delivered ours to us. Joel asked what it was for so I told him our street is having a Christmas party, he said wow mum it’s just like the show neighbours on TV, so funny.

We all bring a plate and chairs make a donation of $10 towards the meat for the BBQ. There is an old tree in the middle of the road at the end of Elizamay that acts as a turnaround point and this is where we gather together. Over the years it has grown we have added beautiful Christmas light and decorations and of course Frank always dresses up like Santa.

We really enjoy embracing our time with everyone because apart from waving in the car as we pass each other on our daily business or on the odd time we see each other when we go to the letterbox to retrieve our mail we don’t really get to catch up on the year that was, except when we celebrate living in Elizamay Close at Christmas time.
Merry Christmas Elizamay!

How about you my friends, do you get together with your neighbours or decorate your home in lights hope you share some of your Christmas spirit with me!

Mondays Memories is linking up again with the beautiful Sonia from Life Love and hiccups.

Always Love In Wendy’s World


Lorraine Young Pottery said...

Frank makes a very good Santa!!

:-} do pop by if you get a chance and say hi to my ceramic animal friends.


Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

what a great way to get to know your neighbors! i wish we did stuff like this, but so many of the people have moved out so now everyone just keeps to themselves, so sad. but i adore all these pictures. can't wait for christmas!! :)
xo TJ

Elle Sees said...

Aw, that looks like such fun!

Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups said...

How wonderful and these photos are like some magical postcard - just beautiful. What a fabulous weekend Wendy. I hope the week continues in the same way for you xxx

Mum on the Run said...

That's just magic.
We have a street Christmas party here in our cul de sac too.
We're so blessed to have fabulous neighbours who have become more like friends and extended family.
We tend to have street parties more than once a year these days!!

Tammi said...

What a lovely tradition Wendy :)
We have only been where we are a couple of months so I am not too sure whether our street does anything but we haven't in the past. We also don't do Xmas lights...I don't know of anyone back in NZ who does so it was just magical to spend our first Xmas here in Australia and go look at the houses lit up brightly.
Looks like you had a wonderful night with your neighbours.


Coral and Coast said...

Hi Wenday! Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog, I will be following yours too! I love that your street gets together at christmas, growing up we had an annual street party which was such a lovely way to get to know the neighbours! x K

Laura said...

How lovely, I am *sooo* envious.

My street is a weird layout so opposite our house we just have the sides of other houses, on one side is a rental house where the occupants change every couple of weeks/months and on the other side is a lady who seems a bit paranoid and came over late at night one night, banged on my door, then when I opened, told me that I shouldn't open my door at night =o\

NIXNAX said...

Thank you for the follow, i look forward to reading this lovely blog of yours :)

Mama of 2 boys said...

Awww this post warms the cockles of my heart Wendy, what a fabulous neighbourhood you're a part of. It sounds just lovely and a tradition to look forward to fondly each year.
My brother lives in a street where they do this, I have actually been there on a few Christmases when they all get together, it really is a wonderful atmosphere.
I so wish my street was like this, we have the potential to be, as we're a row of terraces, have a beautiful park at the end of the street... and the road is a quiet one. But alas, it just hasn't happened. In fact, I am the first one in the street to have a Christmas wreath on the front door... I found that rather sad as I walked along with the boys today. Maybe they're all too busy!
Enjoy the party Wendy :o) xo

lisaroyhandbags said...

How lucky you are to have such wonderful neighbours to share the holidays with. We've moved around a lot and never have we had that "tv" neighbourhood!
Thanks for popping by my blog and following along - your blog is lovely! :)

Lotti said...

Found your blog through another. Really nice. I love your house it is just gorgeous. What a nice way to spend Christmas. Love your photography ... the photos are so beautiful.

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Franka said...

What a lovely tradition!

♥ Franka

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Mimi said...

that is awesome! not every neighborhood does that! i've always wanted to have a street or block party, but it's quite hard to get everyone together. i hope this tradition elizamay has goes on for years and years. :)

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Sara said...

Grazie per avermi regalato il tuo commento che mi hapermesso di conoscerti! il tuo blog e' bellissimo come bellissima sei tu!
Felicissime feste!!!

A tale from toadstool house said...

Hi found your lovely blog through Happy loves Rosie,I am a new follower,I'm off to read more of your great blog.love juliexxx

FiliGrace said...

Hi Wendy!
I'm following back after having read your kind comments on my blog! I love your photography : so warm and charming. :)
The story about the neighbourhood Christmas party is so great. I even envy you guys a bit.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love Christmas traditions! That is wonderful when a neighborhood comes together to celebrate every year :)
I hope you have peace and joy in this wonderful season!

Deanne said...

What a wonderful Christmas tradition!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

looks fantastic- the holiday spirit is certainly alive, how lovely...


Tracy Suzanne said...

How fun is that! Your house is so Christmasy and pretty.

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Linda at Sand and Sea said...

Hello Dear Wendy - you really do have a beautiful world!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and saying hello and following! I'm your Newest Follower, now!

I adore your home - it is like a charming home from a Jan Caron novel and your adorable street - the name itself is like one from a story - is so precious in the traditions you share.

May you and your beautiful family share all the love and joy that is Christmas!

Thanks, again, for welcoming me to your beautiful world!!!

Sand and Sea
(aka beachside cottage)

Lisa Cash Hanson said...

Wendy can I come live with you ? LOL Sooooo beautiful. My one my best girlfriends is an Aussie :) She misses home so much. I love your blog thanks for following mine. You should encourage your readers to subscribe via feeder and or Google + .
If you have time on mine that's probably what you should to. Because they are getting rid of Google Friend on all NON blogger blogs- At last thats what they said ., we'll see.

Thanks again for coming by I'll be checking out these gorgeous pictures now :)

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I never lived on a street with a Christmas party. How wonderful is that!!!

arab girlscool said...

This is such a nice addition thanks!!!

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