(Photo by Peanuts-Charles Schultz, Minnesota native)

Very early Christmas preparations. There is no turkey day buffer in the U.K. I realize in the U.S. there is a large grey area about when is it too early to begin your Christmas preparations. Not so on this side of the Atlantic, with no black Friday to officially kick off the season (what happened to Advent) in materialistic style. Macy’s will be  open for 24 hours, seriously, who is going to be buying INC. apparel at 3:00 o’clock in the morning.

John Lewis department store has already transformed their windows into Christmas wonderlands. This happened in early November. The giant pine tree arrived about the same time at the end of Leith Walk, a few blocks from our place, but it has yet to be unwrapped or lit. 

The advertisements for Edinburgh Sparkles and Edinburgh’s Christmas which from what I can tell are duelling Christmas sites have details about all the holiday happenings this year. German market, ice skating, ferris wheel, guhlwein and freshly fried donuts (are these now a classic Christmas treat). We will probably have a stroll around Princes’ Street Gardens where all the holiday happenings will take place, everything opens this weekend.

To keep the Christmas holiday at bay, Ben and I will be cooking a Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, it will be Ben’s first pumpkin pie. We just need to find a turkey, it’s Ben’s mission and he has chosen to accept it. 

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