Christmas is most definitely here! There are windows of wonder all over Lewes.
For me Christmas arrived at the start of this week, when the Christmas window popped up at 25 Landsdown Place.
I wrote a few months back about how I like the way people on that street in Lewes use their windows as tiny theatres. (If you didn’t see it, it’s here).
I was there on Tuesday with my children, gawping at the window, when the kindly gent who lives there came out of the house!
I asked him about it. He said he and his wife have been putting the dollhouse in the window for over 10 years. It used to be their daughter’s – she’s now 23.
When she grew too old to play with it, they put it in the loft, but a few years later, his wife took it down and created this scene of Christmas cosiness for the children of the town to enjoy.
She swathed it in thick cotton wool and glitter, and placed the Sylvanian animals in and all around it.
They take it out and put it in the window each year in honour of their grandchildren coming to see them before Christmas.
I said that it was the nicest, most Christmassy thing I had ever seen or known anyone do. And it really is. Bear in mind I grew up in the Far East, where Christmas is entirely unauthentic and grotesquely gaudy!
I still can’t believe they invite people to stand their children on their windowsill to see it better. I love looking at the Christmas window on Landsown Place as much as my children do. I can’t wait to go back and indulge in it some more!
Here are some other Christmas windows I’ve noticed just today. Note there could be plenty more up the High Street, I have just been slightly chained to my desk the past few days. Sadly we missed Lewes Late Night Shopping!
If you see any enchanting or inventive Christmas windows in Lewes, Brighton, or any of the neighbouring towns or villages, feel free to email a picture of it to me either through the blog’s contact page or via the Facebook microblog.
I’ll add it!
Disclosure: None of the shops or places in this post financially compensated me for putting their window on Little Lewes. These are entirely my own observations of the creative things people and businesses in our town are doing in honour of Christmas.