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Chronicle: Christmas at Trafalger Square

25 December 2012

Christmas at Trafalgar Square

It is that time of year again when there is a lot of activities going on and much celebration. London certainly has that seasonal buzz, although seemingly not as buzzy as in previous years. The lights are up and shining brightly on the streets with festive music to be heard from various retail and catering establishments. Moving around some parts of London can be quite a challenge during the evenings and weekends. The shopping frenzy has well underway for some!


The big Christmas tree, which has been donated by the City of Oslo to the people of London, as always stands tall at Trafalgar Square and demands the attention of all passing by. It sets the scene nicely for Christmas festivities and that holiday mood. A small stage has been set up in front of the tree and facing the steps leading towards the National Portrait Gallery build.


As the day roles on and a chill in the air picks up will the descent if the sun the Square starts to see more activity. The Christmas tree lights take centre stage drawing all in the vicinity towards it. It is not long before people a posing in front of the tree and being dazzled by camera flashlights. The square is soon awash with photographic devices taking photos from almost every conceivable point of view.


As photos continue to be taken of the Christmas tree and the last rays of sunlight skim over the roof of the highest buildings carol singers begin to take their place as the stand. The well trodden steps soon become arena from which people and sit and enjoy the Christmas carol service that is soon to start.


The voices of various timbres sang out in harmony to the enjoyment of the growing crowd with well known carols. Unfortunately the harmonious voices had to compete against a sometimes very lively background noises supplied by passing emergency services and noisy vehicles.


The carol singers tried to encourage the crowd to join in. Some were quick to comply but to seemed the majority preferred to sit and listen, perhaps not wanting to spoil the enjoyment of others due to an untuneful voice or perhaps too reserved. But whatever the reason everyone was smiling as no doubt the carol singing made a welcome distraction from what can be a hectic holiday season.


Happy holidays to all.


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