insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 68 Nov 2017 - Page 45

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT Christmas Markets AROUND THE WORLD UTTER THE PHRASE “CHRISTMAS SHOPPING” TO SOMEONE AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT YOU’LL BE MET WITH A GROAN. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER HOW MUCH PEOPLE LOVE CHRISTMAS, OR HOW MUCH THEY WANT TO FIND UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FOR THEIR LOVED ONES, IT SEEMS THAT THE ACTUAL PURCHASING OF THOSE PRESENTS GIVES EVERYONE A HEADACHE. But, love it or loathe it, Christmas shopping is something that we all end up doing. And since that’s the case – and since today’s choices appear to be limited to either an overcrowded high street chain store, or the soullessness of buying everything online – it’s no wonder that Christmas shopping becomes something of a chore rather than a treat. It doesn’t have to be like that though and in fact can be something special. Do you remember what it was like to be a child at Christmas, full of magic and excitement? If you want to find that feeling again and experience Christmas shopping the way it’s meant to be (which includes finding some of the best gifts that can’t be found anywhere else), then go to a Christmas market. They can be found both near and far, so pick the one that takes your fancy and embrace the entire experience. 45