In the boutique where I've been working for the past 5 years, I get to giftwrap things like this:
Don't ask me how we did it without a box, since I'm pretty sure we violated the laws of Wrapping Paper Physics pretty hard.
We always have very minimalist white wrapping paper, and during holiday season we have white paper with gold stars. I mostly remember a Chinese woman who very politely said that white was the color of death in her country and that she would wrap it herself. That was a bit of a cringe.
My worst holiday story is the time my colleague was playing air guitar during the christmas party, toppled down the stairs and had to be brought to the hospital with a concussion.
At 306-year-old Fortnum & Mason, a healing theme of “togetherness” runs through the eight windows on its Piccadilly frontage.
Bosses said they hoped the displays would inspire people to put aside their differences following the bitterness of the Brexit referendum and the US presidential battle.
The windows depict eight stories in which pairs of characters usually divided by geography, time or mutual antipathy are brought together for Christmas. They include The Bull and The China, The Butcher and The Turkey, The Polar Bear and The Penguin, The Wolf and The Sheep, and The Boy and The Brussel Sprouts. In the atrium, a display shows a giant sun and moon in a tender embrace.
Each story in the “Together We’re Merrier” theme was illustrated by artist Brett Ryder and hand-crafted into 3D window displays. Festive workshops and events are also being held and unusual food pairings highlighted at the counters.
Zia Zareem-Slade, Fortnum’s customer experience director, said: “It’s a time of togetherness and celebration and in the current climate, we felt this message was never more relevant.”