Posted by: mdmusingsie | December 22, 2012

‘Tis the Season, revisited

Well, we’re still here – the world didn’t end yesterday. That’s another thing you can put on your list of things to be thankful for at this time of year. My Christmas shopping is complete – proximity to family and most of my friends driving a 98% online ordering frenzy last weekend. However, around town the hustle and bustle of the season is hitting fever pitch, so I thought it time for a little more holiday cheer.

I went to Dublin last Saturday (note to self: avoid Dublin on the weekend during December as you would avoid U.S. malls on the weekend after Thanksgiving). I had to mail a few last minute cards (I don’t trust the Galway post office which only delivers about half of my cards and letters) and of course run a few errands.

My latest search for something I thought was simple led to the greatest number yet of shop attendants looking at me as if I had two heads. Twice in Galway and three times in Dublin I entered framing shops looking for framing points (also known as glazing points or glazier points) – the little metal objects with triangular heads that you use with a flat head screwdriver to hold a picture inside a wooden frame. Although none of the names I used rang any bells, once I described the objects they appeared to know what I was talking about but no one could tell me where to purchase them. Thankfully there is Amazon.

Today was Galway’s Christmas parade. I didn’t think a parade could get any shorter than the one at Halloween, but this one, at 10-12 shopping carts long, can now enter the books as the shortest parade I’ve ever witnessed. Despite the brevity, I give high kudos to The Colours Street Theatre for their efforts in not only creating the parade but preparing all the banners and puppets. Everything starts from a seed, and hopefully the Theatre Company will continue their efforts and these two parades will grow in the years to come.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise.

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