“Lessons from a Christmas Tree – Be a light in the darkness; We all fall over sometimes; You can never wear too much glitter; Bring Joy to others; Sparkle and twinkle as often as possible; It’s okay to be a little tilted.” ~ Jane Lee Logan
Last week, with my youngest daughter Sophie, I visited the medieval city of York for a spot of Christmas shopping.
Having driven the thirty miles to York on an icy and bitter cold morning, my car slid into the Park and Ride car park (parking lot), and thankfully, without hitting any of the stationary vehicles.
A short while later, as our ‘Park and Ride’ bus approached the city centre, Sophie and I were deep in meaningless conversation and when a number of passengers arose from their seats, we joined them and left the bus. Seconds later, we realised we’d got off the bus too soon and had absolutely no idea where we were!
I took charge and announced we needed to cross the main road and walk up the hill. The footpath (sidewalk) was icy underfoot and having watched a lady lose her footing and slide to the ground, Sophie and I linked arms in an effort to keep each other upright.
The hill turned out be a long circular road and fifteen minutes later we found ourselves back where we started, but still on our feet! Sophie wondered why, given my history of poor navigation, she had trusted me to take charge, and now suggested we follow the bus route, I wondered why I hadn’t thought of that!
Eventually, and with some relief, we found ourselves in the familiar surroundings of the quaint old streets of York.
The market area was a hive of activity, Hot food and roasted chestnuts were on offer as was mulled wine and on specialist stalls were samples of alcohol.
We shopped on the narrow Shambles (the oldest street in England) and on Stonegate, we visited the magnificent German Christmas Shop, Ah what bliss!
The shop splendidly highlights the magic of Christmas; it sparkles, shines, glitters and glows from every nook and cranny. Not one iota of space is left empty, it is without a doubt, a grotto personified.
My photos cannot hope to do justice to this wonderful display of Christmas, but nonetheless, I urge you not to leave this page without first taking a look.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Punchbowl, a pub that boasts no less than three resident ghosts! Fortunately, on this occasion, the eerie presence remained unnoticed.
Our last stop of the day was to York Minster. We were asked if we’d like to climb the 240 steps and visit the tower, we declined! However, the entrance ticket is another one of those where we can return several times throughout the year, which is something we have vowed to do in early Spring, when hopefully, the weather will be a little warmer.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.“
© Sue W-nansfarm.net 2017 In response to the word-prompt Bliss All Photos are my own and taken 14.12.17
Music Credit: Oh Tannembaum from the album Natal for babies