The countdown to Christmas has begun. The lights have been officially switched on. Those Christmas fairs and festivals are tailing off* and we are well into the season of Advent. All over the country, Christmas puddings have been made and set aside, mince pies are being baked and, in some homes, Christmas presents are already being wrapped.
If all that early preparation fills you with a quiet sense of alarm (perhaps you have barely begun your Christmas shopping, let alone wrapped a present), we just might be able to help.
From stocking stuffers to ‘the main event’, when it comes to Christmas giving, you might be surprised by what art can offer.
* On a side note, if you hope to catch a particularly Cornish Festival, your last chance for this year is Penzance’s Montol Festival. Held on the midwinter solstice, December 21st, (Montol Eve), it celebrates one of Penzance’s most enduring and ancient traditions. Preparations begin a few days beforehand with activities such as mask-making and Mummers plays. On the day of the solstice, people are asked to turn up dressed in black and wearing masks for the spectacular firelit parade through the streets. This culminates in the burning of ‘the Mock’, (the Cornish Yule log which bears the chalk figure of Father Time), to symbolise the dying of the old year.