On a warm tropical night I’m in the company of great friends and a mob of kids. Sitting front and centre – perched high, the wheels roll, the kids cheer for the lights of Christmas have been turned on in the North West Australian town of Broome http://www.visitbroome.com.au/ in the Kimberley. And what better way to see them but atop a double decker bus http://www.broometopdecktours.com.au/ , no less.
Double decker buses, decorated boab tree’s, camels dressed to delight and a night filled with laughter-candy canes and joyous anticipation of children viewing Christmas lights.
Viewing Christmas lights on the top deck of a double decker bus in the top end of down under. “Does your town have its special/quirky thing at Christmas”?
Driving around Broome looking from above the street level, at all the different designs was wonderful. Some with local and traditional themes, others more traditional, all equal in effort and preparation.
The glittering array of lights was only matched by the sparkle of wonder and anticipation in the kids eyes. As passing satellites and shooting stars pass above in the vast Kimberley sky, for a second, lost in a moment -“Do you think Da that was, well Santa?”
“To believe is the wonder.”
Small regional towns are pretty close, with kids on the bus cheering and acknowledging mates on the street outside decorated houses.Saying G’day, appreciating good work, acknowledging viewing, it was just the “ vibe” as was once famously said.
The bus would stop regularly, kids from the decorated houses making their way onto the bus-candy canes for all.
By the end who knows if it was the magic of the lights or the Kimberley night, perhaps the sugar or the special moments with mates. In the end “Life is about moments-create them, don’t wait for them”.
There are many things one can do, buy and think at this time of year. But perhaps doing something a little different or quirky and engaging in the wonder and anticipation of the kids want to “believe” while sharing a moment a laugh with friends and family is the simplest and most rewarding gift we can give others and ourselves.