Monday, 26 December 2016
London Calling 'Merry Christmas'
Joyeux Noël Merry Christmas
Frohe Weihnachten Buon Natale
Feliz Navidad Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Καλά Χριστούγεννα God Jul
Merry Christmas from London. Above is the famous Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. It looks fabulous reflected in the square's fountains. The tree is an annual gift as noted on the sign at its base:
This tree is given by the City of Oslo as a token
of Norwegian gratitude to the
people of London for their assistance during the
years 1940 -1945.
A tree has been given annually since 1947.
The square has also been a site for carol singing and contains a nativity scene. The figures were carved by the Japanese-born artist Tomoaki Suzuki. He chose the figures to represent Britain's rich multicultural community today. The donkey and sheep were modelled on real animals at Hackney City Farm. The crib was first used in 2006.
The Norwegian tree remains London's most famous Christmas tree. Its arrival signals that Christmas is coming.