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Thursday 6 August 2015

Has The Countdown To Christmas Begun ?

Well I know I've already bought some Christmas Cards, purchased from the RNLI shop visited earlier this year, but when I saw this recently I thought EEK! Selfridges has already launched its Christmas shop. The department store is the first in the world to open, 143 days before Christmas Day, (or it was on 3 Aug).

"Selfridges has become the first department store in the world to launch its Christmas shop – a full 143 (as at 3 Aug) shopping days before the big day.

Christmas came early to the iconic British department store which transformed 3,000 square feet of its fourth floor into an Arctic wonderland filled with festive treasures and glittering decorations.

Even Father Christmas was present, having taken a day's break from his North Pole workshop to welcome shoppers and make a few purchases of his own.

Geraldine James, Selfridges Christmas Home & Decorations Buyer, said: "Despite the summer weather, we're in full festive mode here at Selfridges. We've been working on this year's Christmas Shop since Christmas last year. "We have so many customers visiting from all over the world and eager to snap up festive souvenirs on their summer holidays, which they can't buy at home. "So, we have to make sure we're ready to showcase Christmas decorations they will truly treasure."

For shoppers who like to plan ahead, trends for Christmas 2015 include personalised decorations, black and white monochrome and 'Magical Forest', which includes wood-based decorations and woodland creatures. The store also revealed that this year's Christmas theme is 'Journey to the Stars', with a special line of decorations called 'Moonlight Magic' launched today.

The shop's very first customers, Holly and Ken Martin, from Pennsylvania, USA, bought a Christmas 2015 bauble to mark their UK holiday.

Each of the thousands of Selfridges glass baubles was designed exclusively for the store and was individually mouth-blown from one carefully-selected supplier in Hungary.

The second phase of the shop's opening will be in Autumn, when the floor space devoted to all things festive will be more than doubled to 60,000 square feet. Open fully, the winter wonderland will include more than 60,000 baubles, 120+ cracker options, and 1,250+ different cards and wrapping paper designs.

But for now, it's all hands on deck – especially for the man in charge. When asked if he shouldn't be taking it easy in August, the man with the beard said: "Relaxing? Oh I'm afraid not. "Christmas is all year round – I do take a little break in January but now is build up time, getting ready for the big day."

Story from here

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Is it time to start writing your Christmas Present Wish List?

All the best Jan


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year! I don't care much about how commercialized it's become; I enjoy the magical side of it, which includes time spent with loved ones.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Martha ... keep the magic, keep the faith !

We all celebrate it in many styles,for many it is a family time, and I especially love being with and watching the grandchildren.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

I'm just putting out Halloween now, actually. But already begun Xmas idea thinking. We love Christmas. I really don't care about all those ba-humbugs. They can keep on ba-hum-bugging all they fancy.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Ivy .. there's nothing like being organised!

The way this year is flying by Christmas is just around the corner.
Have a great Friday.

All the best Jan

Rue said...

I must have missed this post somehow... Thanks for telling me about it, Jan :)

I can almost understand why they're starting early, since they have a lot of tourists buying holiday gifts early, but I don't know... I think September would be early enough.

I do love Christmas though :)


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Rue ... I do agree September is early enough to start thinking about Christmas but Ssshhh don't tell anyone I've already bought some Christmas Cards LOL !!
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Many thanks for your comment

All the best Jan