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Christmas markets - am I the Grinch?

(97 Posts)
MrsCampbellBlack Sat 24-Nov-12 15:15:00

My local town is in the middle of christmas market season - oh so jolly. Or in my opinion a load of overpriced tat blocking the streets.

So am I the grinch or do others loathe them too?

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:17:48

YANBU. Nobody needs any of that stuff anyway. It's all in the way and the food stalls are just ewww. smile

MardyBra Sat 24-Nov-12 15:17:48

They always look so lovely and there's always a lovely aroma of mulled wine. I go along with high hopes of finding some nice gifts and it's always a load of overpriced tat.

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:18:43

Ooh forgot the hot wine and roasted chestnuts. Bleurgh.

I love wandering through the Christmas Street markets and rarely buy anything! grin, but I lap up the atmosphere.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 24-Nov-12 15:20:15

Oh good - I'm not the only one. There's one stall selling wooden ties - I kid you not. I pity the poor sod who has that to open on christmas morning.

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:20:52

I always have a firm grip on my handbag and purse in those sort of places too. sad

WorraLiberty Sat 24-Nov-12 15:21:36

I love the Christmas market in theory cos I think it's going to make me feel all nice and Christmassy.

In reality it's rows and rows of home made over priced 'jewellery'/ photos frames with beads stuck on... made by bored looking women.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 24-Nov-12 15:23:22

Yes rather like a Mary Howard Christmas Fair - lots of posh women with their posh hobby companies.

Full of festive spirit me.

Autumnalis Sat 24-Nov-12 15:23:36

I spent about 5 minutes today in our local one. Handmade clay gnomes. The jewellery looked pretty.

bradywasmyfavouriteking Sat 24-Nov-12 15:23:57

I have been to some that are good.

The one in our city at the moment is shit. Its call a 'victorian market'. There is nothing victorian at all the only decent stall was a stall where you can get hand carved things like stools and rocking horses.

Everything else is tat that people are trying to pass off as 'home made' the food is either tapa, 'cuban street food' or pies.

Not really victorian.

Its pointless.

RedGreenRouge Sat 24-Nov-12 15:24:35

In the past, I was always really disappointed because I could never find anything to buy. Last year, I went with no intention of shopping and just looked around and drank mulled wine. It made me very Christmassy.

PrincessOfChina Sat 24-Nov-12 15:25:52

Full of tat with lukewarm Gluhwine. No thanks.

I usually insist on heading to a nice pub after 5 minutes or so.

MerryCunnyFuntingChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:29:11

I'm spending the day at ours tomorrow helping out with the local greyhound rescue stall.

I'll let you know tomorrow evening whether or not you are yabu or not grin

UrbanSpaceManBaby Sat 24-Nov-12 15:29:19

I always feel Grinch like for wandering through the proliferation of sheds with a firm grip on my hand bag and rarely a purchase.

Wooden tie?
Over priced itchy knitted kids clothes?
Paint by numbers artistic en-devours of the middle classes?

No thanks, 85% Amazon this year with smattering of NotOnTheHighStreet.

But I do need a cheap shed.....

I like them because they brighten up the city centre but I no longer buy anything from them after paying £5 for two chocolate covered strawberries on a stick.

TeeHollyandTeeIvy Sat 24-Nov-12 15:29:53

Ours is lovely and on the lawn at City Hall, so not blocking anything.

I'm in Belfast. I especially like looking the tat things brought by the nuns.

grin

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:30:17

This is what I have to look forward to next Thursday. The sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. I have promised DS2. It will be torturous and Victorian apparently..........

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:32:00

That wasn't Liverpool was it Tess. Because DS2 had the same, wobbling round with a big skewer and a paper plate covered in chocolate. grin

No, it was Manchester Sparkling but I think they are all just one big company. That's why you can take the gluhwein mugs back to any stall to get your deposit back.

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:33:59

They all seem to sell the same stuff! Wolly hats and gloves made in Nepal, hand made soaps made god knows where, a sweet stall with rip off priced confectionary jewellery, those silly muppet hats, hot dog stands, mulled 'wine' and roast chestnut stands etc. Do the same companies have one in every city? confused I do like them, I want a bit of individuality though.

Sparklingbrook Sat 24-Nov-12 15:34:34

Nothing says Christmas like a skewered Strawberry Tess. grin

Clearly all the Victorians were walking around with them grin

LadyMaryChristmas Sat 24-Nov-12 15:36:57

And toffee apples, Sparkling. confused

MrsDeVere Sat 24-Nov-12 15:38:01

I like the idea of homemade clay Gnomes...

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