I wonder why there isn't even a Christmas tree at the City Hall??!! There should be lights around the Scoop, a huge tree in the middle, fairy lights everywhere and generally make the place feel festive!! If you go to New York's City Hall it's all gorgeous and festive, shouldn't London's be a little less glum??? And this has nothing to do with the credit crunch!! Even the previous year's all we got eventually was a tree inside the City Hall building (and even that was put up really last minute) and nothing else.
Isn't it possible that the issue here is that celebrating Christmas may not square with some policy decision to avoid causing offence to other religious groups? Not my opinion, but this is something we're seeing a lot of: Christmas being demonized not by other religious groups, but by people who are almost absurdly concerned not to be seen to do anything that might offend other religious groups' sensibilities.
Well that doesn't say much for the developers of More London then does it....what a shame this country shuns celebration. I am fed up with this apologist attitude that seems to prevail everywhere. This is Britian and whether we celebrate Christmas as a religiuos holiday or more secularly as just a good excuse for knees up lets get a bit more festive...whoever manages the open spaces. It dark cold damp and gloomy enough.
Walked past City Hall this morning and it looked like they were putting a tree and decorations up - I think 8th December seems a reasonable date to do this? Any earlier is pandering to the retailers who start Christmas in late October.
As for more decorations in the area I do agree, but these things can be horrendously expensive and maybe not the best use of money in the current climate.
I'm with The Dentist and boroughpaul on this one. I love Christmas and all its trappings but what's the point of hurling them up the minute Halloween is over - or even before. At least some of us can remember a time when it was different. The poor kids these days seem to get no chance to enjoy anticipation. Just gratification and overkill. Sad, really.