12 Shopping Days till Christmas

Written by  Kat Mackintosh

How much do you love your true love? Why not count the ways by counting down the shopping days before Christmas and picking up a little something for each?

On the twelfth shopping day before Christmas you’re in the market for drummer’s drumming, which you’ll be able to pick up quite readily in Salzburg, the city of The Sound of Music at the Salzburg Christmas Market.

On the eleventh shopping day before Christmas you’ll be needing to track down your true love’s second gift - piper’s piping, and the best place for pipers is the Hamelin Christmas Market - Hamelin’s Pied Piper being well known for his skills with mice, rats and children.

Lords a leaping aren’t as easy to round up these days as they used to be, but you can’t let your true love down already, so on the tenth shopping day before Christmas head to New York’s Soho for some shopping, and pick up some tickets for a Broadway show, where you’re bound to find your quota of jumping men.

On the ninth shopping day before Christmas you need to get those dancing ladies into your Santa sack and for some of the best sets of dancing lady legs around you’re going to want to shop the Champs-Elysees, for the parfum, lingere and the ladies from Le Lido.

The eighth shopping day before Christmas is maids a milking day… It may sound like a tricky request but it’s not a problem at all in Tokyo’s Harajuku district where if you can’t actually buy a maid-a-milkin’ you can buy a maid-a-milkin’ outfit – or be served by someone wearing one. While you’re in Japan, head on over to Mitsukoshi in Ginza or Shibuya and pick up the Christmas shopping not destined for your true love.

On the seventh shopping day before Christmas you’re on the look out for swans a swimming, so spend your afternoon swimming with the swans after a morning shopping at Bondi Markets. Ok, I’m not certain you can buy swans there but I have seen a good selection of ducks for sale…

Lets say your true love wants the geese a laying requested on the sixth shopping day before Christmas for their feather down to stuff a quilt with and pop into Liberty of London and buy the down and the Liberty pattern material to go with it.

The fifth shopping day before Christmas is almost too easy - Gold rings? Dubai’s Gold Souk of course.

The fourth shopping day before Christmas calls for calling birds, so you’re going to need a mobile phone for that. Pick one up at Hong Kong’s Temple Street Night Market, Buenos Aires Calle Florida or Bangkok’s Emporium – you can get whatever other electronic devices your bird wants there as well.

The third shopping day before Christmas will see you scratching round for French Hens, who, if they’re classy hens will be window pecking the Avenue Montaigne for scarves by Dior, Chanel or Valentino – well they can’t carry one of those fashionably large handbags on their wings can they!

Turtle doves are on the list for the second to last shopping day before Christmas, but lets stop and have a think about this… Would your true love like a turtle dove – or would they prefer a turtle dove broach encrusted with diamonds and purchased in Tiffanys on Rodeo Drive? Well we do aim to please…

On the last shopping day before Christmas you’ll be looking for your partridges and pears, and even though it’s obvious no one will turn their nose up at a hamper in the famous green and gold of Harrods, and you’ll probably be able to get the tree as well, if you’re a stickler for detail…

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