Christmas in August....

Selfridges, one of the giant department stores here in London, opened their Christmas showroom yesterday. Vixie and I are both a) addicted to Christmas and b) on summer break, so we could hardly resist the chance to have a look around.

As lovely as it was, it was utterly bizarre to be walking around, planning Christmas trees and listening to carols while outside it was sunny and warm! I don't tend to get really excited until late autumn, for all my year-round gift buying, but it was neat to have a look around and have a good girly time.

While we were there Vixie got filmed perusing for a TV show and I got interviewed by a radio station - what a bizarre reason to gain a claim to fame ('The Women Who Love Christmas'...). After a good few laps round we retired to have a hearty lunch and delight in our purchases. Here, in no particular order, are some pics from the day!

I thought these Christmassy tissues were just adorable, so I snagged some for Matthew and I - penguins for him and kitties for me!

I love these old-fashioned felt stockings. I'm a proper Christmas traditionalist - reds and golds and greens, lots of carols, mulled wine. If we had an open fire there would no doubt be chestnuts roasting upon it each December!

I fell in love with this - hard to make out in the iPhone pic, I grant you, but it's the holy family worked in delicate, beautiful glass with some gold detailing. I was sad so many of my Christian friends live far away - I'm thinking up packaging possibilities as I type! This ornament will look so pretty on the tree. Each year I buy a few ornaments to add to our collection; it joins a bauble from the Guinness factory and some other things I picked up today.

Who doesn't need a giant light up polar bear?

I finally found a nice, simple tree topper. It also shed a fair bit of glitter all over me, which will no doubt give Matthew a good giggle when he returns from work!

Me with my haul! They had no baskets whatsoever in the shopping area, so we had to wear our purchases like rings!

Nice hat, huh?
I loved this advent calendar, but I've just bought one from Dayspring! I think Matthew might go slightly loopy if I bought two!

Vixie with her preciouses! Love that berry garland!

Vixie's so cute! I love her theme for this year too - her tree is going to look amazing (and will hopefully be YoYo-kitty-proof!)
I thought these trees were cool - I want one for my classroom!

Shiny!

A very patriotic tree! London buses, underground signs, Union Jacks (but no match for last years' 'wine' themed tree in Dallas!)
I thought these two were sweet and fit with my theme colours well. My tree is a real mishmash - because so many of my pupils know I love Christmas I often get ornaments as gifts. And my generous friends give me Christmas decorations too from time to time. I actually found a beautiful ornament to give to a friend for Christmas during today's shop - don't you just love when you find the perfect pressie? (No pics - top secret!)


Vixie plans her next move!

I am so writing to Santa! Vixie Pixie had to pose next to the postbox for Pixie Mail!

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6 comments:

  1. Haha, thinking about Christmas in August! I suppose it's quite sweet in a way.

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  2. Seriously, Christmas shopping in August? The baby jesus weeps.

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  3. Wow, I was shocked when I was at the store the other day and I saw Halloween stuff, thought it was way too early for that. Christmas, my goodness!

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  4. I am so happy that you found a place to get your Christmas on in August. And, I love your outfit. You look great!

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  5. Hmmm I wonder if I'll ever get into the spirit of Christmas??

    PS Your dress is super cute!!!

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  6. Love the pics! You will tell us where your interview gets posted, yes?

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