Yesterday I met Sue in town for coffee. The usual stuff, two girlies together over the frothy brew, much natter of the imports of life; world economy, state of the nation, price of toothpaste, latest atrocities abroad, what the cat did last week and what I ate for supper last night – the usual stuff…..
Then we went for a wander round the shops, just for a look of course, not on a spending spree (heaven forfend, moi!) and pottered about a few charity shops. There is a gift shop in Paisley high street, quite a biggish one that usually has a good display all year round. We headed that way and could hear the shop before we saw it.
Ting tinkty tink… sleigh bells ring are you listenin’ in the lanes snow is glistenin’ dah dah de dah dah, tunm tum tee tum ta…..walkin’ in a winter wonderland…….
It was August 29th for God’s sake.
We ventured closer.
We dared to step in.
Yes, it was no mirage. It was not some kind of sound vibe trapped in the late summer either, rather like an Asda price Roll Back to tempt you to buy. This was the real thing, Christmas mustic to match the whole bloody Christmas shop!
Every inch of space was crammed with festive cheer, from jolly santas to pensive angels, tartan bows to glittery pink trees for those who don’t get the traditions of the festive season.
It was total full on, in your face Christmas.
We walked around in a sort of trance, looked at eachother, burst out laughing and left the shop in a hurry. Not before I had snapped a pic for Facebook tho’!
From one who spent an entire year living Christmas to write my So Easy Christmas book even I have to say that this is just way too much, way too early.
What next? Will they be selling us Easter eggs in time for Halloween? Will there be witches and goblins riding on the backs of cute furry white bunnies? Will we be decked out in tartan and toasting the New Year on Guy Fawkes night while fireworks light the sky and sausages sizzle on the bonfire.
I know time flies and the nights are drawing in an and all that stuff, but puleeeeeese not Christmas in August it is just too much too soon.
Are any shops near you gearing up for Christmas just now? Tell all!