Thursday, 22 November 2012
We're barely half way through November, but in Leeds you could have no doubt that Christmas is coming! The annual German Christkindelmarkt, held in Millennium Square, has been opened, and continues until 16 December. It has its usual mix of lots of continental-style delights to eat and drink and glittering toys, trinkets and baubles. These did look rather pretty, I have to say. Each is a little work of art, in its own way. I can remember from my childhood the excitement each year of unpacking those glass treasures, carefully stored in their tissue paper, and then hanging them on the tree. It was like greeting old friends and then each year we added one or two new ones too. Christmas seems to have lost some of its magic for me over the years but maybe this year, seen through the eyes of my granddaughter, it will feel special again.
I have just realised it's Thanksgiving today (Thursday) in the USA. (Not at the weekend as I thought). So this sparkly picture can be my way of wishing all my American readers a very special and happy day. I actually think we should import Thanksgiving here. There's much to give thanks for - and that side of Christmas is rather hi-jacked by all the razzmatazz these days.