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Instagram captures the Christmas spirit

Instagram captures the Christmas spirit

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but my Instagram is so delightful!

Christmas has arrived on our doorstep, sneaking up on us like Santa’s sleigh.

Social

Before the boom of social media in the last decade, Christmas was initially announced by the introduction of yuletide tunes on the radio stations. Fast forward to 2014 and all of the popular platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are flooded with images and comments displaying the upcoming festivities. Gone are the days where the first signal of wintry celebrations were hearing Mariah Carey’s guilty pleasure, as she danced with reindeer-dogs and gave her look of constant surprise every time she spotted the camera. This sudden influx of Christmas related material is impossible to escape and truly highlights to everyone that St. Nicholas is well on his way! The recent rise in social media attention towards the holiday season certainly causes a buzz amongst most individuals who are keen to get into the Christmas spirit!

From images of those posing in their exuberant Christmas jumpers, to comments of Friday night plans with friends, the markets are the perfect place to encourage social activity on a mass scale.

Official opening

Last week saw a number of seasonal-themed markets officially open to the public around the globe. A recent result, ranked the world-famous Manchester Markets at sixth place on a prestigious list of equivalent international venues. Although the stalls seen at these Christmas displays have an authentic and traditional feel to them, there are signs that the tides are slowly changing.

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Delicatessen

Each year the Markets are met with the excitement of thousands, eagerly awaiting the day they can wander through the convincing replica huts and stalls. Along the way they can get stuck into the many different cultural dishes on offer, from Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella, the treats form part of an abundant list to cater for everyone’s taste. To help wash down the mouth-watering delicacies are a number of drinks, such as a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine.

The perfect way to get into the festive spirit!

How about you?

Do you like the constant stream of Christmas related content across your social media platforms? Through social signage you can join in with the fun, get involved and communicate with others to discuss your seasonal snaps, perhaps even publishing them onto Twitter Walls.

Don’t be a modern day Ebenezer Scrooge – embrace the atmosphere created by social media throughout the advent period. Christmas Carol’s Ghost of Christmas Future never predicted the influence social media would have in helping spread festive cheer, but I’m sure they would welcome the technological changes with open arms.

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ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO BY JAMES O'ROURKE