I’ve been seeing photos on all forms of social media about the new snowfall back in the states and I will gladly say that I am not missing that part of Christmas right at the moment. Although we don’t have any snow over here, the Christmas spirit is starting to brew.
In the United Kingdom, well England at least, the switching on of the Christmas lights in the City Centre is a very big occasion! We did not get to actually see the official moment of enlightenment but the magic still lingered in the air by the time we arrived. Also from the sounds of it, we were probably better not to have been there at the beginning because there were about a zillion and three people there! There were still about a billion and three by the time we arrived.
There is a giant tree in the centre of an ice skating rink and little markets selling food, drink, and many Christmas knick knacks. All decked out in lights and garland and fake snow. My favorite part however, is a large carousel! It is my favorite ride, I don’t know why but it is and I will be riding it before Christmas; maybe after the approaching holiday actually hits me.
I am still not quite sure how I feel about all of this considering we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet but it was undeniably beautiful. Also, one must remember that Thanksgiving really isn’t a British holiday especially considering the fact that it was us leaving them…. awkward! So maybe it’s because they don’t have that break between Halloween and Christmas but this seems a little premature. I guess I’m definitely not in Iowa anymore!