Saturday, 20 December 2014
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
It's been distinctively festive in Cardiff this year. The city always puts on a good light display, lighting up the castle and the main shopping streets, and that annual favourite, the Winter Wonderland, is like a Christmassy beacon, with its open-air ice-rink and fairground rides.
I love walking around after dark, looking at the lights and doing a spot of window-shopping. We're lucky to have lots of buildings of architectural interest, some Victorian shopping arcades, and a large outdoor Christmas market, which all help give that nostalgic festive feeling.
Up the Valleys where I live, there aren't generally big Christmas light displays in the towns, as many councils are facing huge cutbacks and can't even afford to keep the normal streetlights on overnight. This has meant that individual residents seem to have made much more of an effort with their lights - driving down the street the other night I was amazed at how many people had gone to the trouble of decorating the entire front of their house, with lights in all of the trees in their garden, Santas crawling out of chimneys, and reindeer gallivanting across lawns! I know home light displays are a big thing in the USA, but this is the first year I've noticed it on such a scale here in the UK. Because we haven't been able to put up any decorations yet this year because of ongoing DIY dramas, I'm very appreciative of the efforts my neighbours have gone to.
How Christmassy is it looking where you live? Are you out panic-buying last-minute presents today? I've finished the Christmas shopping, but we are panic-decorating in a bid to get the living room to a reasonable standard before Christmas Day!!