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.
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?
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.
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