Monday, November 18, 2013
Here We Go Again
I went to Covent Garden yesterday morning and found all the Christmas decorations up, and the window of The Globe pub painted in a cheery "First Noel" theme. I'm sure it is the First Noel -- because it's still mid-November!
I know this is a common complaint, but Christmas seems more and more rushed every year. Decorations went up on Portobello Road a couple of weeks ago. I don't think I can reasonably be expected to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
Then again, the English don't really do Thanksgiving, so I guess they don't have that same psychological barrier.
They apparently do have Rudolph, though. A very muscular, Martian Rudolph.
Dave and I went to the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street yesterday to buy a few little things for the flat. We got a new bathmat (as previously mentioned), a new mat for the balcony doorway and a new toilet brush. Well, you asked. (I'm assuming you asked.)
We had lunch in the cafe at the store -- a sandwich of tuna salad made with sweet corn for me. We thought it a rather odd combination but not bad. I like department store restaurants. I always regretted never going to the Suncoast Restaurant at Maas Brothers when I was growing up in Tampa -- the radio advertisements made it sound so stylish. Now Maas Brothers is long gone, as is the Suncoast Restaurant.
Anyway, I'm trying not to think about Christmas too much yet, decorations or no.