Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in the 'Hood

You know Christmas has arrived in the 'hood when Santa is spotted ordering fries from the Maymo's Fry wagon.  I would think that delivering toys all over the world requires some extra calories.

Michelle at Mitch's Treasures has worked her usual Christmas magic on her store window

For the 15th year in a row,  Victor Bax Custom Tailoring on Adelaide Street has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland.  Since Victor retired, the business has been run by Victor's brother Enrico, and the charming display is a result of Enrico's ex-wife's 20 years of collecting the tiny houses.

Regular customers look forward to the annual display, which is set up in November.  There's also a Christmas tree decorated with Santa Claus ornaments.

In addition to the houses and other buildings like the firehouse on the bottom left, there are fanciful items like a penguin-occupied igloo, a gingerbread house, and a tree house.

Every free bit of space in the store not taken up by fabric and other tools of the trade is filled with ceramic buildings lit so you can see the people inside. 

I wish my readers a safe and happy Christmas (or holiday of your choice), and want all of you to know how much I have appreciated your support and thoughtful comments on my blog.  It is immensely gratifying to see something that is a true labour of love for me enjoyed by so many people all over the world.


  1. Those little houses are so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Love your photos and those tiny houses are delightful. Thank you for your interesting and varied posts throughout the year Shelley, I always enjoy reading them. Happy Christmas to you x

  3. Great Christmasy photos. Enrico's ex-wife has such an incredible collection and I love that this is shared with everyone during the season. Thanks to you too, Shelley.

  4. These pictures are so fun! We didn't do any Christmas shopping this year, so I haven't been out to stores - I haven't seen all the decorations or heard the music. I guess I've sort of missed it. Then again, maybe not.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas, Shelley, and Happiness in 2015!

  5. merry christmas, dear lady!!
    and lots of fabulousness!

  6. Those little houses are lovely!

  7. So cute! Hope you had a great Christmas!

  8. What fantastic displays! And I can quite understand why Santa needs some piping hot chips on a cold Christmas Eve!
    You get what you give in this blogging game, I find - if you feel supported and appreciated, Shelley, it's because you offer your time, support and appreciation to others. I'm always glad to have you around, my dear! xxx

  9. What fine displays. Loving the silver reindeer. Hope you had a fab time. Here's to an even better 2015. xxx

  10. Ooh, I love Christmas villages - my nieces did one with Godzilla this year! A very merry Christmas to you, Shelley! Thank you for reading, commenting and being generally awesome.

  11. Isn't that cute Shelley!
    It reminds me when i was a little girl when my parents did the X-Mas village under the X-mas tree
    Happy Holidays my friend