Covent Garden Christmas Tree Lighting (and best celebrity story EVER!)

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Covent Garden all Christmasified!
Around Christmastime in London (hell, even way before Christmas, because they've been doing this for at least a week already), they have Christmas tree lightings happening around the city every week. They are REALLY excited about Christmas here, which makes ME really excited to be in the city around this time. This is another area where they have the Americans beat. I feel like at home, a lot of people are jaded and grumpy and don't care about putting a lot of energy into celebrating holidays. The Brits are very willing to do so, on the other hand, because when we went to the Christmas markets/tree lighting in Covent Garden today, everyone was very, very "full of cheer," one might say. Maybe they were full of booze, and I misinterpreted it, but whatever.
The Christmas food market stalls


We spent a lot of time rummaging through the food stalls for free samples because there were booths with foods from all over England, and some from all over Europe... breads, chocolate, fancy oils, sausage, and lots and lots of cheese. It was really cold outside, but there were still loads of people. You could tell that everyone you saw was already Christmas shopping, and they were all so happy!

Before the lighting, they had a bunch of performances. There were little kids singing Christmas songs, which reminded me of my own younger days, and the Pineapple Dance Studio's performing arts school did some dances, and they even had some of the people from Chicago and The Lion King on the West End do some numbers from the shows (not impressive, actually.
Little kids singing Christmas songs. Always gets me in the holiday mood.
.. but still fun).

Alright... here's where I get a little too excited, even just typing this out... they kept saying they were going to have a special guest celebrity to come out and turn on the switch to light the tree... after a while they started saying that this person was going to come out and sing a few songs.... Obviously, we and everyone else had no clue who it was. Ok, get this... we're standing there, hoping it will be someone cool, and they bring out.... EMMA BUNTON from the SPICE GIRLS! OH MY GOD. I payed $75 to see them from really far away almost ten years ago, and now I'm seeing her really close for FREE. Ok, probably 95% of you reading this will not understand why I would be so excited that Baby Spice from the Spice Girls was, like, 20 feet away from me, but, basically, I was really, really into the Spice Girls when I was, like 11 and 12 (you know how it is), and she was my favorite, and is probably part of the reason I got up enough confidence to start doing theater and singing more.
Girls that are far too young for the clothing they have on dancing to Fergie's "London Bridge." That song makes me laugh.
Stupid, I know, but I guess I was just inspired but how confident and happy they were, and since I was kind of shy when I was a lot younger, I wanted to be like that too. Anyway, it was a adolescent dream coming true. She even sang "2 Become 1," from their first album, even though it was just her. Oh, MAN, is was SO cool. I can't tell you. I was with three friends of mine, and they were totally laughing (lovingly) at how ridiculous I was being. I didn't even care. I was so excited I was screaming, and I was singing along, and I took about 50 pictures but a lot of them didn't come out... I'M LAME, I DON'T CARE.

Oh, and then we went to go get Mexican food at that place I found a while ago. How else could I top an already awesome night? It was completely legit. Sure, slightly expensive, but thoroughly satisfying, and good service. I'm definitely going back. It tasted so much like home.

If nothing else cool happens in London while I'm here, I will be alright, because that was quite possibly the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me.
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Covent Garden all Christmasified!
Covent Garden all Christmasified!
The Christmas food market stalls
The Christmas food market stalls
Little kids singing Christmas song…
Little kids singing Christmas son…
Girls that are far too young for t…
Girls that are far too young for …
Another picture that got screwy fr…
Another picture that got screwy f…
EMMA BUNTON!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!
EMMA BUNTON!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!
Emma again... shes definitely my …
Emma again... she's definitely my…
Right here I am probably singing …
Right here I am probably singing …
This is her and her super cheesy b…
This is her and her super cheesy …
Downtown, where everythings wait…
"Downtown, where everything's wai…
Emma, my best friend, turning on t…
Emma, my best friend, turning on …
The Christmas tree! It was actuall…
The Christmas tree! It was actual…
Me, Janette, Nathan, and Sarah at …
Me, Janette, Nathan, and Sarah at…
FOOD! You know it must be great fo…
FOOD! You know it must be great f…
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