You might have noticed that I haven’t called this post ‘Christmas Shopping in London’ and that’s because Easymalc don’t do shopping in London at Christmastime, in fact I don’t do Christmas shopping anywhere – and come to think of it, I don’t do shopping anywhere at any time.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest, you may well wonder why I’m bothering to write anything at all about the subject, especially as I’m not a lover of the over-commercialisation of this time of the year either.
Well, the first reason is that whether I like it or not, the second week in November is when the Christmas lights start to be turned on in London, and the second reason is that Easymalc’s household has been having a family day out up in ‘The Smoke’ at Christmastime for a few years now, and both my wife and daughter have a different concept of wandering along Oxford street to me, and so I content myself with taking a few pictures of the lights and pop into a hostelry or two while they’re wasting their time in the shops.
It may have seemed at the beginning that I wasn’t too keen on spending much time in London’s shopping quarter at this time of the year, but it’s surprising how quickly I can warm to the idea after one or two beverages and a few clicks of the shutter to get into the Christmas spirit. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it.
We’ll be back up here again this Christmas, and no doubt I’ll be able to add a few more pictures to the album – or at least those that aren’t blurred, but when all’s said and done we have a great build-up to Christmas in our own way, and I reckon it would be a crying shame if the internet took over completely from Christmas shopping in places like the West End: Mind you, it’s also a shame to find out at the end of the day that I’ve probably spent more on food and drink than the girls did in the shops – or is it? Who said I don’t like Christmas shopping?