Jingle bells

October 24, 2007 at 10:01 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

As I drove down Adderley Street in Cape Town last night I couldn’t help but be annoyed by the slow-moving traffic. What, I wondered, could be going on now again?

Instead of the usual stupid drivers there were several beacons and only when I got closer to the Strand/Adderley intersection did I realise they were setting up the Christmas lights.

Anyone who has spent time in Cape Town during the festive season should at some point have seen the lights that adorn one of the busiest streets in the city centre. I remember going to see it when I was a kid and now I’ll drive past it every day as an adult.

I can hardly believe it’s that time of the year when we get ready to turn on the twinkle and try to drown out the jingle*.

It’s been a year of amazing highs and lows and only now am I starting to realise that it’s nearly the festive season.

I’m sure there’ll be lots of mad moments and utter despair as we head into double-deadline madness but just today, looking at those lights and remembering the magic, I’m going to look forward to the holiday season.**

* Anyone who has worked in retail during the festive season wants to drown out the jingle. Hearing Christmas carols on loop all day long would make anyone go completely nuts.

** Tomorrow will probably see me return to my usual self. Miracles don’t happen every day you know.



  1. The Divine Miss M said,

    I love those lights, they always made me so happy. My parents and I would drive down to Town from Claremont and slowly drive around viewing them, and then we’d go and have hot chocolate somewhere. Aaah such lovely happy childhood memories. Yey I’m in CT for Christmas this year we can reinact it 🙂

    London has some beautiful lights too but it just isn’t the same …

  2. tbhanks said,

    I bet. Nothing can be the same as CT lights. One forgets how precious these things are.

  3. The Divine Miss M said,

    Completely. Plus the beauty of Cape Town is unsurmountable with anywhere else I’ve been so you add lights to that and it is perfect 🙂

  4. tbhanks said,

    I agree with you on that one. I’ve been all over SA and found some lovely places but CT is still the most breathtaking. Sadly, the people in CT don’t even realise what they have. And possibly even more sadly: they have never seen any other place in SA so have nothing to compare it to.

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