Dec 12, 2011

Christmas Shopping

I love Dublin at Christmas. The lights look amazing and there are choirs up and down Grafton Street. It's not a proper Christmas unless we get to see the streets all lit up and hear the music playing.

It's great to spend time wandering the shops. While online ordering often has great deals, you really can't beat that feeling of picking out a present, taking it to the register, then bringing it home. We've managed to get pretty much all of our shopping done now, and the Christmas tree is looking great with the presents wrapped underneath it.

My wife and I always spoil each other a little at this time of year. As well as getting presents for each other, we pick out some things like DVDs we've wanted that we'll put under the tree with both our names on. We believe very strongly that Christmas should be enjoyed as much as possible, and we indulge our childish side more often this time of year than any other, which is saying something.

Once we get all our shopping done we still like to wander around the shops, taking in the atmosphere and stopping for tea or coffee. Christmas Eve, especially. It was on Christmas Eve that I proposed, in the morning in St Stephen's Green next to the fountains. There's nothing like a Christmas Eve where everything is done and you can just enjoy yourself.

What about you? Do you have any Christmas shopping traditions or preferences?


  1. In Old Town in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I live, the streets are strewn with luminaries (brown bags with sand in them and a candle lit inside). The shopkeepers give out free hot apple cider and Christmas carols are sung on the town square in the gazebo. It is truly magical.

  2. Here it's just crazy in the stores. We seem to lack 'culture' in my part of the state, so everything is chain store. My tradition has been to do it all online where I can find some original gifts. We do get out to look at lights though.

  3. Dublin sounds beautiful. I've always lived so far out in the country that I've never seen a full blown Christmas, but I love the colored lights.

  4. Karen: Wow, that sounds amazing.

    Alex: It can seem that way in Ireland sometimes, but there's been more of a sense of heart to some of the Christmas promotions and events over the last five years or so that's been steadily getting stronger.

    Olene: We've not had as much time this year to wander through Dublin as we'd usually like, but it's still great to take some time to walk around in the evening.