Its Christmas in Cambridge
17 November 2017
It's Christmas in Cambridge...
...and there is nothing you can do about it! Shop windows are adorned with glittering displays and mulled wine is being warmed at the North Pole attraction on Parkers Piece. With the big day just over a month away, the joyous period officially starts this weekend with the Cambridge Christmas Lights Switch On in the city centre. On Sunday 19th November at 12noon the festive fun will begin at the Grand Arcade and Market Square, with the shopping centre switching on at 4pm by BBC radio favourite Jeremy Sallis and the Market Square at 5pm being switched on by Cambridge born, Hollyoaks star Katherine Kingsley.
Embellish your home with British tradition
Get your home in line with Christmas 2017 trends with the gentle flicker of candlelight, woolly throws, heritage prints and natural materials. British tradition is an influencial theme of this years style throughout the big department stores, so we have put together a small list to get you started:
First things first, get your advent calendar ready for the 1st December which is only 2 weeks away! As a child we all remember counting down the days to Christmas eve with a sweet treat but why not upgrade this tradition with a modern alternative. If your budget could stretch a little higher and you are partial to a Christmas tipple, this wine advent calendar could be for you at £49.99 from Aldi. I don't imagine the stocks will last long though!
The beloved Christmas tree first appeared in the UK in the 1830s by trend-setter Prince Albert when he installed an evergreen in Windsor Castle. Originally the tree comes from Pagan tradition to celebrate winter solstice by bringing branches into the home to remind them of spring to come. Why not make a day of it and cut down your own tree at Parsonage Farm in Bottisham at the Cambridge Christmas Tree Experience.
From the legend of Saint Nicholas who on one occassion sent gold down a chimney for a poor man. The gold fell into stockings which were left hanging to dry. If you are preparing your own stockings this year, get crafty and take inspiration from this Pinterest mood board.
Another Pagan practice adopted by early Christians, the tradition of kissing under the plant started in England. Each kiss required a berry to be plucked over the festive period until none remained. Cambridge market is a great place to purchase your mistletoe and don't forget the holly and ivy!
This religious tradition is something that only some of us still pratice in our homes by displaying the scene of the birth of Jesus as described in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke. The scene consists of figures representing baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shephards, the Wise Men, an Angel and animals from the stable. This wooden set is available on Not on The High Street and sold by Little Ella James.