We certainly won't have a white Christmas, although as explained recently, there is snow on the surrounding mountains and I guess if you go up the tramway you could play snowballs. Christmas trees are available but there are far more artificial ones than real and I can't quite grasp the trend for upside down trees suspended from the ceiling. And how do you put presents under it?
And of course there's Christmas music everywhere! I've never quite understood why annoying seasonal jingles have to be played from early December onwards. Our local supermarket, charmingly called a grocery store, has been playing a particularly annoying version of Frosty the Snowman since late November and I could cheerfully attack his frozen personage with a blowtorch. To my my mind a couple of days before Christmas would be quite enough for carols and the like. Amazingly the traditional Carols from Kings was relayed live this morning via our local classical music station KUSC - isn't technology marvelous.
But we will celebrate. We'll have turkey and I've made a cheesecake - too late to conjure up a traditional plum pudding. And I guess we'll pop a couple of bottles of bubbly. Has anyone else discovered Barefoot Bubbly? It may not be available in the UK but is a great low cost alternative to overpriced champagne and over here it is sold as champagne, as the USA doesn't have the rigid EEC rulings. Amazingly we also have a piece of Stilton made in Long Clawson, a small village near our UK home in Nottingham. I was astonished to find it shopping locally.
Well that's about it. I might finish with a triumphant 'Bah Humbug' but I'll be a little more charitable and wish you all a 'Happy Christmas' - whoops no mustn't say that these days - must be politically correct - 'Happy Holidays' to you all!