Sunday, 1 December 2013

Picture this - a day in December

Up and down England, in little towns and villages, Christmas lights are being switched on. Carols are sung, over priced mince pies are eaten, and DJs bravely soldier on with dwindling audiences. The kiddies funfair twinkle in hope and expectation of parents with fistfuls of pounds. The Mayor makes a guest appearance as a politically correct slimmed down Santa is warmly cheered on by the children. Gangnam Style gets the crowd dancing with the little'uns pulling the most amazing moves. The lights go on without a hitch this year, everyone cheers and then wander off homeward bound. Community spirit is as good as it is going to get for now and for that we are grateful. The weather was kind all day and brought a beautiful sunset just after 4pm. It is pitch black by 5.30pm.

8 comments:

thecactusgarden.com said...

Christmas lights are so pretty, and that photo looks like there's a lot of them!

Amanda said...

I did love the way the sparkly lights brightened up the Northern Hemisphere winter. I was happy to see them come on, and judged no-one who might like to keep them up til the Spring.

Bev Sykes said...

What a nice picture to paint for the first December

Elle Hull said...

Nice to meet you, Doris! Your first day of December picture sounds positively idyllic compared with the cold harsh realities of life in London. I look forward to reading your updates over the month!

rashbre said...

Very nice and sparkly!

Doris said...

Hallo all. Lovely to see thecactusgarden, Amanda and Elle for the first time in my place :-) Nice to see you again Bev. Thank you Rashbre for your sparkly compliment. I thought I'd take a leaf out of your book and try to do more in the way of piccies.

The joy of taking pictures is that one can make something look even more by just zooming in! The lights are still lovely and it feels great.

Elle I am an ex-Londoner and although there are exceptions I remember everyone pretty much does their own thing rather than much in the way of community activities. I always loved going to Trafalgar Square for the tree and carols so there are some good things there.

Amanda Years ago before I had kids there was one year I used Chinese decorations as Christmas decs and they stayed up all year. That was when I was living in London and inside my home so not many people knew. Good fun :-)

Nicki Mann said...

I always wanted to live in England! Or at least, have an English accent! (When I was little, the neighbor kid next door was from England, and I used to try so hard to talk like her! I think I kind of pissed her off.)

Doris said...

Hi Nicki and nice to meet you too. I love this Holidailies thing :-)

So funny about the accent thing. When I was a kid growing up in Australia (when I had a very English accent) there were a lot of Italian speakers in our area and with my baby sister who was only babbling I'd babble back pretending I was speaking Italian. It was so exotic!

However, if your neighbour was older I can imagine she was not amused!