We browse with crowds, sip mulled wine
in a village of spruce, a wonderland of kiosks
selling stuff we do not need - enough baubles here
to decorate every tree in the world.
Nativity scenes in ten different sizes
with Mary and Joseph's familiar pose.
There are prayers of joy with candy cane edges,
polar bears with plush faces.
There's a Santa Clause for every style; classic,
modern, cheap and tacky.
They're serving warm mince pies too.