Safe Cove, Lake Manapouri. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912. Copies of picture available from ODT Front Office, Lower Stuart St, or www.otagoimages.co.nz
Everybody must notice the unwonted atmosphere created by what
we call the holiday season. The schools have ''broken up'',
there is a persistence of urchin presence here, there, and
everywhere, and the contagion of the hour breeds an
anticipatory relaxation that is quite perceptible, save
perhaps in the case of the shopkeeper who makes provision
against an additional rush of business or the housewife who
has holiday appetites and festivities to provide for. The
signs that indicate that the holiday season is at hand are of
The very shop windows have an appearance such as, do their
best, they command at no other time of the year. Not the
least attractive of these groan with viands of which the
prevailing brown and yellow harmonies promise great holiday
digestive feats, and remind us that the season which we
associate with peace, good-will, and good cheer is upon us.
The very postman is girding himself against the swollen
burden of his mail-bag bulging with timely Christmas
greetings. The schoolboy, released from his books, reveals no
snail-like propensities in his morning excursions. Already he
has forgotten all the good advice retailed for his benefit on
vacation day, and has become for the time being an increased
source of parental responsibility. The tendency at this time
is towards a general, if temporary, departure from the
routine that so nearly runs, from day to day, the very limit
of the twelve calendar months.
And a very welcome, desirable, and beneficial symptom it is.
The community becomes more human, more kindly, more
philosophic, and optimistic in the holiday season, when
smiling Nature is almost wanton in her invitation, and even
the most grasping of money-grubbers must needs for lack of
opportunity adapt himself in a measure to the general mood.
The year is preparing to make that graceful exit which is
ever its most impressive moment, and the rustle of its
departing skirts may even now be detected. There is a great
deal to be said, after all, for the opportunities attaching
to a midsummer celebration of Christmastide.
The holidays provide an outlet for all healthy energies, a
recreation suited to all tastes. They should be the
health-giving time of the year, and their opportunities are
not to be squandered or pessimistically neglected. Peter Pan,
the god of youth, will reveal himself to those who know how
to look for him, for he is at hand far more often than when
there is a stage fluttering of urchins' painted wings.
Nature in her bravest garb offers rich rewards to those who
seek her in a proper spirit at this time of the year, and the
good resolutions considered so appropriate to a new year will
be the more easily formed and translated into action for the
real enjoyment of ''a sunshine holy-day''.
• H.M.S. cruiser Cambrian arrived at Port Chalmers from
Wellington. She was boarded shortly afterwards by the Mayor
(Mr D. A. De Maus), who cordially welcomed Captain Drummond
and his crew, and expressed the pleasure it afforded the
residents to see a warship in the port. The Cambrian was
thrown open for inspection yesterday, when advantage was
taken of the privilege by a large number of visitors. - ODT,