It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…


In London that is! The shopping streets are festooned with lights and the shop windows are tableaus of luxury items and amusement.   The gloomy weather was soon forgotten as I took in all these shimmering sites.

The zany hustle bustle of the streets was demure compared to Manhattan or downtown San Francisco, which currently looks like a war zone, because of a new subway line being built.

The ever-polite Brits seemed genuinely happy to queue to take in view the windows. Their well-dressed and pink-cheeked English children were as delightful as their parents, with not a single meltdown as evidence.  Maybe we should appoint them  ambassadors to Disneyland.

My favorite window on Bond Street belongs to Dolce Cabana, which has a grand table chock a block with tempting items, from delectable food to fabulous must have clothes and accessories.

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Hermes came next with its whimsical animal sculptures.

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Burberry’s didn’t disappointment with its combination of British button down style and mod displays of shinny metal and lights.

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All this window-shopping made me hungry. So off we went for high tea at Fortnum and Mason. After all Teatime is a most revivifying custom. All customs have rules and teatime in England is no exception.

The tea served should all times be brewed from loose tealeaves. (Imagine the colonists dumping crates of Lipton tea bags into Boston Harbor!) While silver pots are grander, china ones makes a better cuppa tea.

Sandwiches should be oh-so-thin slivers cut from soft brown or white bread-crust removed, of course and filled with smoke salmon, egg salad or cucumbers. Scones may also be served, with butter or preserves, and always with clotted cream. When the tea is poured and the finger food served there is one more rule to observe. None of this modern talk over tea: marriage, divorce, and relationships. The weather will do quite nicely, thank you.

Jennifer

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5 Comments

  • Sheila
    December 19, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Love the blog and love the windows!!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks Sheila! Great to see you in England. Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!

  • Ginny
    December 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Oh how I wanted To go to London this Christmas to see the lights and store windows! And look! You brought them to me!thank you so much for allowing us into your world.. I so enjoy your posts! Have the happiest of New Years! Hope to see you!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks Sheila! So much fun seeing you in England!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    December 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Ginny: Thanks for following along! London is magical this year. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

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