Holiday snapshots from Fortnum & Mason, London. There’s something about a wintery Christmas that seems so nice… I think the fact that fresh Christmas trees last longer and smell better, wreaths hang happily in the near freezing temperatures, the lights really twinkle with the 4pm or earlier sunsets, the tinsel just looks more festive…
The English just seem to have the Christmas holidays down pat. So much more ebullient than say a North American Christmas in terms of the “things”… but of course, nothing beats the feel of a Pinoy Christmas, in my book. But for those of you that just smile at the images that follow, these snapshots are for you, others can just skip the post if they are grinches. :)
Candied fruit in the windows. Candied fruit. :)
A close-up of that tableau.
All kinds of puddings. I wonder how they keep the mice away. Or you think they are artificial?! They didn’t look artificial.
A window filled with silver doodads. Tradition still holds strong in these parts.
The atrium in the wonderful store. With hanging Christmas trees!
Fabulous gingerbread homes for sale. This is the one city I could stop making our own gingerbread and just buy a village ready made. The prices were astronomical, but the convenience offered is much appreciated.
The gingerbread people were cute and incredibly intricately iced.
And I still can’t get over the ready made homes. And no styrofoam structural forms either. It’s that dry during the winter…
The candied fruit counters stopped me in my tracks. Again, just pure wonder on my part. They were beautiful to behold.
Candied chestnuts sold by the piece if you desired…
…or you could buy the chestnuts fresh, and make your own roasted or candied chestnuts.
The colorful tins of biscuits and teas in the shop where enough to delight even jaded holiday shoppers.
I just wanted to take several of these carousel tins filled with cookies home, but we don’t have any young kids or nephews or nieces anymore!
Hampers on display in one corner of the store. With the options to choose from to fill these traditional hampers, I could see gift giving being a very easy and convenient thing to do, but watch the dent to your checkbooks!
One of the snazziest advent calendars Mrs. MM and I have seen recently. You choose what treats to put inside the little compartments.
Another advent calendar.
A wall of the most stunning Christmas wrappers and cards.
I gather the store is owned by Middle Eastern investors, but Christmas is still it’s biggest season.
The tea, the tea!!!
Wow. In the tea section.
The insider tip? Buy your teas loose from these counters and place them in little packages. Not tins. That’s the cheapest way to get their tea without the bells and whistles.
It’s such a treat to make our selection, first sampling the aromas of different teas, vacillating between this and that, chatting with the expert behind the counter…
…and then deciding to buy nearly everything we smelled anyway!
For friends and family, we splurged not these utterly stunning tins. If you’ve never been to F&M during the run-up to the Christmas holidays, put in on your foodie bucket list. Trust me. :)