The clocks have gone back and the evenings darken that much earlier. Halloween and Fireworks night have passed. Its not yet got that crisp cold chill to fully complete the Christmas spirit however the preparations are really getting started.
Some of the lights are up and the shop windows have been artistically modelled to show various themes. Selfridges no doubt to link with the film Bohemian Rhapsody have a glam rock theme.
John Lewis has the snowflake lights twinkling in their theatrical atrium. There is also a whole floor of exciting decorations to add to those that are family treasures and date back to when the children were small. To complete the magic they have a skating ring on the roof top terrace. We were there when the night had arrived and so it was magical. There is also an cabin to serve hot gin drinks for those who are finding it all too much and this before November is even half way through.
The journey home on the top deck of the bus missed a little something as we were there before the Christmas lights had started on Oxford St and Regent Street. A good reason to come back again before the 25th December.
As we neared Trafalgar Square and the Strand we saw the queues for the food for the homeless. The weather was kind (in a manner of speaking ) as it was dry and the freezing weather still seems some way off. Their plight however goes on all year and after all the Christmas story has the key issue of no room in the inn as one of its central issues. I will make sure that I look for the donation pages for the Salvation Army, Shelter and Crisis at Christmas to make my donation to help those who will not have the same type of Christmas as me.