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November 7, 2017

A few days ago I received a catalogue from a home interiors company (that shall remain nameless!)  The centrefold that caught my eye was one entitled, 'a Fairytale Christmas'.  Delicate gold fairylights trailed around the branches of a snow-covered tree, beneath which was the festive table, adorned with candles, wine and Scandi-style fabrics. The seating too, was beautiful, with co-ordinating cushions placed perfectly in order to complete this Christmas scene.  The aim was clear, and one we are all familiar with - that advertisers tap into our hopes, desires and aspirations,  in order to sell their products.

My initial reaction this time shocked me a little.  I felt an unease which has stayed with me and prompted me to write this blog.  It all looks so perfect, ready for the perfect Christmas dinner to rival all other Christmases. Yet in this image, no-one has arrived.  The scene creates an expectation of the kind of Christmas we are presented with in films and fairytales...

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