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Natural History Museum’s early Christmas tree gets frosty reception

Source - The Londoner

By - George WIlson

Date - 20-10-2021

It is not even November and the Natural History Museum has started the festivities early by putting up their Christmas tree.

There was a sense of disbelief this morning as people passed by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington as the 20ft decorated tree was erected outside.

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Christmas is still ten weeks away but the museum felt it was about time the celebrations started.

The fake fir tree is at the centre of the museum’s annual Christmas ice rink, a prominent feature of South Kensington for the past 16 winters.

This will be the final time that the museum will host the ice rink as they plan to transform their five-acre gardens into a hub for urban wildlife. 

Onlookers felt that it was way too early to begin Christmas festivities as Halloween and Bonfire Night are still yet to happen.

Clapham resident Lucy Bell, 32, said: “I love the ice rink here at the Natural History Museum but seeing the Christmas tree so early in the year feels odd. 

“It’s getting a bit ridiculous how early Christmas celebrations start.”

Hugh Bugg, 56, from Chelsea, said: “The sun is still shining, it’s not even Halloween yet and they are trying to tell me it is 25 December.”
Others were quite pleased with the early preparations the Natural History Museum made.

Fred Steele, 33, also from Chelsea, said: “I love Christmas and it is nice to get into the spirit of it early.

“The tree looks beautiful and I will definitely come and use the ice rink later this year. I can’t wait for it.”

 

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Serious Christmas creep here. I have mixed feelings about it, but I do think its in part a reaction to the challenging Christmas we all experienced last year :)

 

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This world needs and is seeking after joy. True joy is one of the central focal points of Christmas and the true meaning behind it! I believe this is one of the reasons for these early establishments of that focus!

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2 hours ago, Rob Thompson said:

“I love Christmas and it is nice to get into the spirit of it early.

I play Christmas music on my guitar all year long, so I don't have to relearn when "the season" gets here.  I can't imagine only thinking about Christmas when December gets here.  I see Christmas as the umbrella that other celebrations are under, and I don't mind it as a backdrop any time of year.  (my opinion)

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Boy I'd love to skate on that. My daughter and I always hit our outside rink from November to February. 

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