Sunday, November 02, 2008

Christmas is coming fast

Now that Halloween is over Christmas will rapidly arrive in Dublin. I was in Dundrum Shopping center yesterday and it felt more like Christmas Eve than All Saints Day (the religious festival not the band). In fact according to today's Irish Times website a new high-tech Christmas tree will be erected on O'Connell St this year and the lighting ceremony will be on November 9th.
A French-designed Christmas tree lighting up Dublin’s O’Connell Street this year will offer a beacon of hope amid the recession, it was claimed today.

The 60ft structure, which weights five tonnes and is composed of 100,000 bulbs of different sizes, will replace the traditional natural evergreen.

I didn't realise things had gotten so bad in Dublin that we now needed a "beacon of hope" but sure it sounds pretty and might make for a nice photograph. Now I don't mean to be a Grinch, I love Christmas as much as anyone and more that most but I'd prefer to wait until at the very least November 25th before Christmas kicked in, two months of Christmas festivities is a little much and seems to devalue it.

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