Freelance writer specialising in serendipity: the art of finding wonderful things by accident or sagacity. Comments and suggestions always welcome!
Published November 19th 2012
Yule be amazed by this wonderful store
Tired of northern hemisphere Santas wearing winter clothes? Want to participate in the friendly competition of Christmas light displays? Or maybe you just want to find the perfect angel for the treetop. Whatever your decorating needs, Mister Christmas can help.
Mister Christmas has been in business for more than 20 years. This specialist store is open eleven months of the year, with their busiest period beginning in September. They close in August to prepare, but spend all year searching worldwide for their huge range of Christmas items which includes everything from bon-bons to wrapping paper.
From the outside the shop is nothing much, just a small showroom on a quiet street, but walking inside is like entering a beautiful Christmas cave.
Several Santas, a six-foot snowman and a nearly-life size toy soldier guard the door.
Red and green laser designs sweep the walls and ceilings, LED lights blink and flash, nativity figures peacefully watch over customers and there's a whole grotto of trees.
Stars of every size and colour hang above rows of Lemax Village scenes.
Armies of toy soldiers
There are aisles devoted solely to lights, others to tinsel and baubles, still others to garlands, wreaths and other greenery, ribbons and bows, toy soldiers and every sort of cherub and angel.
Whether your taste is modern, traditional, or out-of-this world, you'll find something wonderful at Mister Christmas.