Florentin Christmas Shop

A warehouse that’s been co-opted into a shop selling Christmas tat, opened a month ago. It sells all manner of holiday kitsch – plastic trees, tinsel, plastic snowflakes, snow globes featuring Santa and his merry band of elves, these Santa wall hangings and my personal favourite, a ceiling decoration of a plastic Santa parachuting from a sledge.

(What’s up with the nose of the Santa on the left? Why are their eyes different colours and why are they poking their tongues out?)

Who, you ask, buys this? Well, there is a diverse Christian population here, including native Christian Arabs, foreign workers, and immigrants, mostly from the former USSR.