BLING AND BUY! Flashy, trashy and I love it

I have recently returned from spending Christmas in the UK and one of my fondest memories when I lived there was wandering around the towns looking at the street decorations.  We would also pop a Christmas CD in the car sing along to all the words and drive slowly through residential areas looking for Christmas lights. Yes, my family and I are total dorks.

I remember saying to my lot that I just wish one of them would nip along to Marks and Spencer in the dead of night while nobody was looking and steal one of the numerous beautiful swags they always displayed under the arched walkway that ran the whole length of the shop.  Of course, this became a standing joke and nobody ever did it, at least nobody in my family, but I think someone may have not seen it as a joke and taken it literally. When I visited this year not only was there a lack of decorations inside the shop but it looked as if someone had stolen all of the beautiful swags – they were nowhere to be seen.

Things to do in Tenerife, Christmas UK

In the past, this store always had two huge Christmas trees on display, one at the main entrance to the car park and one between M&S and the enormous Tesco next door.  All they had on offer this year was a small tree outside that had a few blue and yellow lights (not terribly festive) and a large artificial tree under the canopy that was showing its pathetically flimsy base – what no presents?

Things to do in Tenerife, Christmas UK

I know that some people find the word and holiday of Christmas offensive – namely because it is a Christian celebration and they are not Christian.  I realise that this is not representative of the whole of the UK, but this particular area is where I used to live and where I stay when I return. So it is this area that I am comparing with the photos taken by Tom Laws, whose better half Angela is a member of Tenerife Forum.  The photos are of Las Americas taken last month when they were holidaying in Tenerife.

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Playa de las Ameicas is often denigrated as being unreal, man-made and pandering purely to tourists, but surely nobody can deny when it comes to celebrating the festive season PdlA has made a real effort.  Not everyone shares my love for Christmas lights. Some find them downright tacky and vulgar, too much commercialism turns some people off and I guess it’s true. It is commercial, if you choose to look at it that way. I believe it’s just people’s way of showing their appreciation for the holiday.

I think it’s the celebrating that brings us all together, I celebrate Christmas, but if someone wanted to wish me a Happy Eid,  Hannukah or what have you, I wouldn’t be offended in the least; I would wish it back and walk away happy.  What’s that saying … When in Rome.

To see more of Tom’s lovely photos click HERE

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3 Responses to BLING AND BUY! Flashy, trashy and I love it

  1. islandmomma Life on a Small Island and Beyond says:

    Couldn’t agree more, especially on the credit ads. Although I haven’t noticed them of late, ah, are you talking about British tv?

  2. islandmomma Life on a Small Island and Beyond says:

    So far as I know, the lights in that part of Playa de las Americas are always like that, not just at Christmastime, and don’t you think that it was socially responsbible of Marks and Spencer and whoever not to flaunt overspending on lights at a time when so many people were struggling to provide any sort of Christmas fun for their families?

    • You can probably guess my answer LOL, what I really object to is that while people are struggling all we see on the TV adverts is cheap alcohol, gambling and companies offering credit at extortionate interest rates.

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