Bringing home the beginnings of Christmas

15 Dec

Nothing puts me in the festive mood faster than roaming leisurely around the markets of the city and gazing at the gorgeous things on display. That is exactly what happened yesterday, when we shopped for new Christmas decorations for the tree at home at Shivajinagar and Safeena Plaza. I know a lot of people who tell me that these are not the best places to go to for Christmas decorations, but I loved the experience. I loved spending the afternoon hunting for pieces that were different from the other stalls, bargaining with the vendors, and splurging in general. Snowflakes, tinsel, silver balls and red berries were among the shiny, glittery things we brought home yesterday. We haven’t yet begun to do up our tree, but we are sure looking forward to it!

A stall selling Christmas decorations at Shivajinagar

Another stall in Shivajinagar

Another stall in Shivajinagar

At Shivajinagar again – isn’t he cute?!

I wonder why I never visited Safeena Plaza before yesterday – everyone and their grannies have been shopping there, and it is one of the most famous places in Bangalore! I loved the place, with its stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations and artificial jewellery to clothes and handicrafts. I am surely going there again, with much more time on hand, and exploring the place at my own pace.

In fact, walks through Shivajinagar and Safeena Plaza have been added to our yearly list of things to do before Christmas, from next year onwards, if only to gawp at the decorations for sale. The OH and I have built up certain traditions over the years we have been together, a list of things that we do without fail, and these two things have been added to the Christmas-time list, which includes a visit to St. Mary’s Basilica, gaping at the decorations in the various malls of Bangalore, buying fruit cake, and visiting the annual cake exhibition (Have you read my posts on the cake exhibition in 2011 and 2012?). It warms my heart to think that we might have set in place something that will continue to be a part of our lives in the years to come, that we will do them with our children some day. It makes me feel like part of a family.

We also brought home a lovely plum cake, with just the right amount of sweet and notes of spiciness in it. The plan is to keep some for us and to divide the rest among the extended family. In the foreseeable future at least, there are going to be slices of plum cake after dinner. I am still following a trying-to-eat-healthy-and-live-healthy routine, but plum cake is something I just cannot scrimp on. I don’t like calling it fruit cake; plum cake sounds much more exotic anyway!

This year’s cake exhibition is on, at the St. Joseph’s College grounds, and I think it will be till the 29th. Next weekend, maybe.

Is it beginning to look like Christmas where you are, too?

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20 Responses to “Bringing home the beginnings of Christmas”

  1. R's Mom December 16, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    What super pics yaar…I loved those decorations..I dont like plum cake too much *dont ban me from your blog* I do love fruit cake though..the one with tutti futti in it :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 16, 2013 at 4:44 am #

      @R’s Mom

      Errr… I thought fruit cake and plum cake are one and the same, that plum cake is just a fancy, invented name for fruit cake – it actually has no plum in it.

      Thanks! :)

      • R's Mom December 16, 2013 at 5:23 am #

        No Plum cake is that dark colour one, with black tutti futti in it…the fruit cake is the light brown coloured one with colourful tutti futti in it…*Talk about being particular gah!*

      • The Girl Next Door December 16, 2013 at 8:21 am #

        @R’s Mom

        Ok, I was doing some research on this. Apparently, ‘fruit cake’ refers to the light brown coloured cake that you like, with tutti frooti in it. The dark brown coloured one, commonly available during Christmas, has dry fruits and tutti frooti too in it, and is called ‘rich fruit cake’. Indians like to call the latter ‘plum cake’.

  2. kismitoffeebar December 16, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    The sights are so beautiful! I have never heard of Safeena Plaza. Sounds like a wonderful place! X’mas brings the kindo f merriment one years for every year end. I love it here. In Seoul, it was so contagious tht I did not want to leave the streets or the snow. And Singapore – it looks more beautiful and people are kinder and happier this time round. Decorations and the X’mas trees are icing on the cake :)

    I have loved your posts on the cake exhibition. Look forward to the one this year as well. :) Yay to traditions, TGND! :)

    • The Girl Next Door December 16, 2013 at 4:45 am #


      Thank you so much, Kismi! :)

      Why don’t you do a series of posts about Christmas preparations in Singapore? I, for one, would LOVE to see them.

  3. ashreyamom December 16, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    nice.. its always nice to see anything decorated .. the festival spirit comes in..

  4. Veens December 16, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    You know you write about the part of Banglore – I want to see. Seriously! I have my in laws there, but all the stuff you write about I never see. Next time I am making notes and going to all the places you tell me :) Lovely post!

    • Veens December 16, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      And please add a “Follow by email button” to the blog! I miss your post because I do not use a reader anymore!

    • The Girl Next Door December 16, 2013 at 11:28 am #


      Thank you, Veens! :)

      I am exploring this side of Bangalore for the first time, myself. :)

  5. Visha December 17, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    *making a note to go to Shivajinagar over the weekend *

  6. Suko December 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    So Christmas-ey and wonderful!

  7. Karolyn Cooper December 24, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I brought two of those Christmas stars from Bangalore, a red one and a silver one, and they look great, hanging in my London windows.

  8. vishalbheeroo December 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I am on a long office holiday for lil less than 2 weeks that start today. Merry X-Mas and hope ur having an awesome one:)

    • The Girl Next Door December 25, 2013 at 4:35 am #


      That’s great! :)

      Merry Christmas to you too. Have fun!

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