It’s common in the USA for families to celebrate Christmas. Of course, Christian families naturally celebrate it, but then the spirit sort of creeps up on other people and takes over. Eventually, it’s difficult to not be singing along to Christmas songs on the radio, lighting candles and baking sweet treats. It’s festive. It’s merry. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
My sister and my friends are the main reason I still like Christmas & the lights that deck all the streets (even in Texas). I loved driving around to look at the lights in downtown/uptown/the nice neighborhoods of Houston. I thought it couldn’t get better than that. Boy, was I wrong.
Christmas in Europe is another deal. Keep all the warmth and festivity and lights, but add in centuries-old cathedrals, well-dressed citizens, actually cold weather, roasted chestnuts, Ice Skating rinks, Christmas crackers and the best part — Christmas Markets!
That’s where the town of Winchester comes in. My family has visited Winchester for the past three Christmases. My mother can’t get enough of the market and I love how the whole town is decked out. We haven’t been there when it isn’t Christmas, so it is sort of a town frozen in time in my mind. It feels to me like it doesn’t exist at any other time of year. Not really.
Of course, that’s just silly and unfair to the citizens of Winchester.
So, I guess I’m all about traditions, because we have also watched The Hobbit (the first & third films) at this cinema, Everyman. In Winchester. It is like an independent cinema with cool snacks & cocktails you can eat inside & a sort of swanky ambiance. Yet, totally family friendly. The only reason we didn’t watch the second film there was because we didn’t have time in 2013. I was sad about it, but it’s fine because we did go just a few weeks ago and it hadn’t changed! Well, they didn’t have the hobbit-themed door anymore, but it’s okay 🙂