For me, Christmas shopping is all about feeling the atmosphere and the excitement of Christmas. Christmas shopping shouldn’t be a chore or a burden, it should be fun and festive. I never understand the people who shop before mid November – they’re missing out on that festive feeling. Really if you shop before December, it’s not Christmas shopping… it’s just… shopping!
To me, for the full effect, the fuzzy warm glow, Christmas shopping should be done when…
…The air is crisp and cold and you need to wear gloves. You have to then take said gloves off to get your purse out and struggle with ten bags of shopping while you try to put the gloves back on your stiff icy fingers – it’s just part of it okay!
…The town’s Christmas lights are up – that bright colourful glow in the darkness ignites a warmth in your heart.
… You can smell the mulled wine / Gluhwein coming from cafes, bars and market stalls. If you’re lucky enough to have a European market in your town, all the smells create a sensual bliss for your nose… sausage, cinnamon, crepes & pretzels, traditional sweets, Pot Pourri wreaths, scented candles, that wonderful smell of pine from Christmas trees…
… The buskers are playing festive songs or carol singers set up camp in front of the shops and even if you don’t feel like singing along, you suddenly notice a skip in your step and a buzz around you.
…Happy children wait noisily and impatiently outside a grotto for their chance to tell Santa Claus all their dreams – For a lot of us, Christmas is all about the children and for the children, it’s all about magic and believing the impossible.
…The queues are long, but for once, we British don’t complain – because the atmosphere is electric and everyone around you is feeling the same excitement.
… And if you’re really lucky… big beautiful flakes of fluffy white snow!
Christmas shopping should entertain your eyes, your ears and your nose; you should feel it in your fingers and in your soul. Go ahead, take it all in.