‘Tis the season to be Charlie….

July 29, 2011

Blog Guy, you used to give us a lot more news about what those British people are up to, what with the royal wedding and everything. How about an update?

Well, they’re up to their knickers in celebrating Christmas now, of course, and they…

Excuse me, Blog Guy. Christmas? In July?

Yes. You’re forgetting about the time difference between the two countries.

Oh of course. Sorry, go on.

Yep, they opened the Christmas shop at Selfridges yesterday, selling Union Jack ornaments and everything.

What’s the most popular gift for the 2011 holiday season over there?

It seems to be this Merrimaking hat, seen here on the right.

What the hell can you do with something like that?

I guess you could wear it out in the woods during deer season and make merry for about five seconds.

Blog Guy, I’m ashamed to say I don’t know anything about how the British people celebrate their July Christmas. Does Santa visit them?

Not exactly. Jolly Old Prince Charles glides in through the window, wearing a fine gray suit and riding a crude wooden horse, and lands on a pile of straw.

And then what?

What do I look like, an ornithologist? Then I suppose it’s festive Merrimaking hats for everybody!

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Top: Selfridges employee Joanna Hetreed poses with a Union Jack Bauble, the best-selling Christmas item, in Selfridges department store in London, July 28, 2011. Selfridges opened its Christmas shop on Thursday, 149 days before Christmas, as international visitors to the store increase over the summer months, sending a spike in demand for Christmas goods. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Right: Selfridges employee Rosanna Harris poses in a Merrimaking hat, expected to be a top-selling Christmas item. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Bottom right: Britain’s Prince Charles carves wood during the Start Garden Exhibition and Pop-Up Restaurant at Clarence House in central London, July 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Ben Stansall/Pool

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no Christmas in July kilt for the Coolest World Leader Dude? I guess kilts aren’t really made for sliding.

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Settle a bet for me BG? My neighborhood psephologist’s pedicurist thinks The Coolest Leader weighs more than a fully laden swallow, and cannot fly at all. I say he weighs less than a duck. Which is it?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

You know, I would have thought something called a Merrimaking Hat would have more places for dispensing alcoholic beverages and doughnuts, and have far fewer sticky-out-pointy bits.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

The Merrimaking hat will poke someone’s eyes out and I dont see that as being very merry…
On the other hannd, the Start Garden Exhibition and Pop-Up Restaurant sounds like a very good idea.
Just one question, how does one “POP-UP” a restaurant?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra – it could put somebody’s eye out. Maybe this is the UK’s subtle nod to the Jean Shepherd classic?

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

I’m dreaming of a hot Christmas…
Just like the ones at Selfridges.
Where the salesgirls glisten,
and the people listen
To hear Prince Charles carving wood!

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

ooh I like the randier 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

True, you may only last 5 seconds with the merrimaking hat on in the forest, but if it’s your lucky day, all hunters in the region will be sleeping, and you could make tons of merry with a nearsighted deer.

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

You guys have it all wrong; the merrimaking hat is in the first picture. :)

The second one is the “Let’s butt heads until one of us passes out” hat.

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

@Spin – is it kinda fresh, kinda now? Kinda new, kinda WOW?

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

“Giddy’up horsey! Giddy’up! Off to the land of ice cream and fudge! Tee hee hee!”

Y’all know who I am talking about.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

merrimaking hat I thought that is the williams and sonma medi doughnut holder.. only $199.99 and it holds a full bakers dozen.

Posted by Wheelz2 | Report as abusive

Nosmo, how can you not see the donut hooks on that? And the punch glass hooks?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Georgia, could be, my dear, could be..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Okay, very, very, very good, Spin. Took me a few seconds to get it, but happy to report I didn’t have to click on your link….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Now Spin, why would you do something like that..
Unless, you dont mind the resulting zap?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

jclimacus, is this the history book you’re talking about?

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 11/01/03/a-textbook-case-of-stupid/

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Spin, using the Monitor and Merrimac in a joke in such a remote context is sheer brilliance! We’re not worthy!


Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

Ah well, ok then.. letting ya off the hook..
Jeez, if you guys keep cdoming up with such excuses, my zapper is gonna get out of action!
I need fresh stupid meat!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Fresh meat, huh? Would caribou suffice?

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Nope… fresh, stupid, human meat..
Get those people back who leave serious comments on the blog, wouldya BG?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive