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Christmas is in the Air

London is wonderful during the Christmas season!  We recently went to a concert on Oxford Street, to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas decorations.  The Saturdays played, which is an all-girls group similar to the Spice Girls.  Also, there was a performance from the main character in Ghost, the musical.  The lighting of Oxford Street marked the official opening of the Christmas season.  Londoners do not celebrate Thanksgiving, since it is an American Holiday, so they use celebrations like this to set the mood for Christmas shopping.  After the performances, there were fireworks and the street was closed off to cars so that happy shoppers could make their way to the stores.

We also attended the lighting of the Christmas decorations on Marylebone High Street.  This was only one street over from our hall of residence.  The whole street was blocked off and filled with Christmas cheer.  There were food booths, people collecting for charity, a live performance and a snow machine.  The music was fantastic and the snow machine created a winter-wonderland even though it was in the fifties! Once the Christmas lights turned on, there were fireworks and a live performance from a local choir.  Throughout London, store windows were decorated for Christmas, there were mass groves of shoppers and the hustle and bustle of Christmas officially set in.

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