“The best things in life aren’t things.” -Art Buchwald
Every year, as a festive tradition, this particular road off of Ponsonby pulls out all the stops when it comes to Christmas decorations: lights, snow and inflatable Santas galore! Typically, Franklin Road Christmas lights are the type of thing that is ideal for a cute family outing or couple’s date night, but I decided to go with a group of my best friends and push through the PDA barrier to enjoy the beautiful array of lights displayed along each side of the street.
It’s a peculiar tradition to admire random people’s houses and judge them by their ability to adorn their front walls and gardens with as many fairy lights as physically possible. Then again I guess Auckland’s Franklin Road is like London’s Oxford Street. Now a 20 year tradition, it’s that time again when everyone goes to see what the 105 houses along the road have in store for them. Each year a different local celebrity switching on the lights and it has become a significant event on the Auckland Christmas calendar.
Personally, I am a big fan of fairy lights in a typically girly fashion. I think that they are adorably pretty and make everything look just a little bit cuter, thus adding to my adoration for the festive season when fairy lights make their biggest appearance throughout the western world. Hence why I enjoyed walking up and down Franklin Road, looking at all the pretty lights like a moth around a light bulb.
With many “oohs” and “ahhhhs”, my friends and I stood below the snow machine and forgot for a moment that it was summertime in New Zealand. That is probably one of the things that I miss most about England, the wintry Christmas aesthetic that is sported throughout the country and the traditional elements of Christmas, such as snow and keeping warm by the fire, is more of a reality. However, here in New Zealand, I am swimming in pools and putting sun cream on and it is 14 days until Christmas!
I think that is perhaps why I liked Franklin Road, because when the sky had grown dark and the cold began to creep in, Christmas began to feel closer than ever. Surrounded by all of the happy couples and smiling children, I had a classic Love Actually moment, one of peace among simple happiness, finding joy in the little things in life on Franklin Road.
It’s Christmas in 14 days. Get excited!!