I know, I know – we’re not even half way through November yet and already we’re talking all things Christmas, but it has to be done.
With the Christmas lights going up on George Street – and already being up in the suburbs and on the Royal Mile – the preparations for the festive season are well under way. Indeed Edinburgh’s Christmas, this year’s winter festival opens a week today, and Christmas ads are littering our TV screens and magazines. So as I passed Ryan’s Bar at the West End the other evening on my way home it seemed only fair that they occupied the first of the festive Friday Photo.
Christmas is a magical time of year in Edinburgh – the city centre is like a fairy tale, with lights, shops, attractions, markets and shows. But it is the traditions – both old and new – that really make it special. Over the next few Fridays we’ll take a look at a few of these and try to get to the bottom of where they started out. The first of which is going to be Ryan’s. I’m sure many would scoff at the idea that its decorations are a tradition, but each year they light up this corner of the West End in a way that no one else manages and if it brightens up the dark and miserable November afternoons as people rush home from work I would say it’s worth it (and always makes me want to stop in for a little drink).
Have a great weekend – especially if you’re going to the rugby!