Family emails, texts and phone calls were exchanged early this month. Some members are spending the Christmas holiday in Australia and the time they are away also involves two birthdays. Presents must be bought, wrapped and given by the end of November.
In order to avoid disappointment and duplication of gifts, information is gathered from parents and partners and the result is as complicated as three-dimensional chess!
Prompted by Amazon’s avoidance of appropriate UK taxes and very poor employment practices I have decided to avoid my old practice of shopping online. I don’t suppose Amazon will notice but this year I will pound the pavements and shop in real shops. I am turning my back on technology. Is it possible?
So far so good. Clothing … easy, CDs and DVDs less so but mainly possible, toys … specific requests impossible so I cheated and asked for parental help, books easy, small surprises very easy and much more fun to shop for in person than online.
The annual German Christmas Market is in town. Scrooges complain about the overpriced stalls, crowds and traffic congestion. But what can be better than wandering past the brightly lit wooden huts laden with glittering glass baubles, colourful hats and scarves, beautiful wooden toys, artisan pottery and silver jewellery, not to mention the smell and taste of hot, spicy gluhwein, bratwurst and mustard, ginger cakes and chocolate covered strawberries? It is crowded and often cold and wet, but for me it is Christmas.
Most gifts are now bought, not wrapped yet, but I’m pleased with my shopping this year. I only succumbed to the Internet once and that was for an unusual CD. My conclusion is that Amazon-free shopping has been successful.
What is your Christmas shopping experience? Do you have favourite shops or online sites?
Family went to Cadbury World and came back replete with chocolate. Very impressed with their disability provision for visitors. They even provide for ‘temporary disability’. If you are planning a visit, it’s worth checking out their website.
Books … tried to read A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir (Kindle)
I’ve decided I like my history straight and not in the form of historical fiction but this is a well researched and page turning account of the rise of the Duke of Gloucester to become Richard III.
Films … saw Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner. Timothy Spall and supporting cast are superb and the seascapes and skies breathtaking. An interesting film but maybe not for all people with VI, as the filming is inevitably atmospheric and indistinct. I do enjoy Turner’s paintings and when they showed him looking at the Pre-Raphaelites it really brought home what a genius he was.