It’s ALWAYS Christmas as The Portmanteau loves to say and yes, it does seem to come around quicker each year. Instead of freaking out about how little we’ve achieved this year, let's just keep downing the mulled wine and embrace it. Highlights of the season for me thus far have been the release of Mariah Carey’s second Christmas album. Her first, Merry Christmas, was definitely album of the year for me back in 1994. Part deux features an “extra-festive” remix of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” - basically the same song with some pointless jingle bells added at the start. Not much of a surprise there. As anyone who has seen her amazing Crib on MTV can attest, our dear Mimi loves to describe everything in her universe, from her “ensembles” to her Moroccan room, as “festive”.
My recommendation for some genuine festive cheer this season is a visit to Columbia Road Wednesdays where over forty independent shops will be opening for late-night shopping on Wednesday evenings right up until the big day. There’s mulled wine, carol singers and all the shops are decked out in lights. One visit is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Mimi would be in heaven. NOK