|Christmas Market booths in the central square of Angers|
|Bronwyn and Joanie at the Christmas Market|
The French seem to be trying hard to commercialize Christmas, but thankfully they haven't quite mastered the art of commercializing Christmas yet. Angers has the second largest Christmas market in France and to be sure it has a carnival-like atmosphere complete with overpriced toys, carnival food and a merry-go-round. However, whether limited by employment law or tradition, the brick and mortar retailers seem to be relatively restrained.
|Bronwyn in front of the largest department store|
in Angers, which is shuttered during the busiest parts of the
Christmas market even though the Christmas market
is centered directly in front of the department store.
Just because Christmas is not fully commercialized does not mean that Christmas traditions are sacred. As exhibit A in support of my case, I offer an advertisement for laser hair removal, which suggests: "for Christmas, do not forget your little Christmas tree". And this is not even the most risqué window display. I must confess that the window displays in France are much more likely to catch your eye than in the United States.