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STAR-SPANGLED STREET: Christmas decorations on display on Allimaal Street in the city.
STAR-SPANGLED STREET: Christmas decorations on display on Allimaal Street in the city.

S. Aishwarya

Stores across the city gear up for Christmas celebrations

TIRUCHI: It is that part of the year when Christmas bells toll loud and clear to herald the festival fervour. Christmas stars pep up the celebrations, along with clinking bells and gift-studded trees.

The city, too, is gearing up for the celebrations, with stores piling up a whole host of Christmas material. Tagged with filmy names, the stars are priced from Rs.25 and go well up to Rs.1,000, depending on the aesthetics involved in designing them.

‘Sivaji’ star

‘Sivaji’ star, which has paper-cut frills bordering the centre of the star, is the hot attraction among the buyers, partly for its design and rest for its name.

Translucent stars, which pin down the glow for a serene ambience, creamy white ones with designer holes in them, and multi-hued ones that throw a splash of colours, are all set to brighten up the homes.

This Christmas has a lot of festive curios to do up the interiors too. ‘Chinese items,’ as the shoppers call it, have hit the stores early December.

There are battery-run Santa Claus dolls, ranging from Rs.25 to Rs.12,000, Christmas balls, silver-coated ones that come in different shapes and sizes, and the ubiquitous Christmas trees.

X-mas trees

Christmas trees, from a 10 cm-long to mammoth-sized ones, offer a wide range of choices. Depending on the gifts clipped on to them, the price tags of the trees vary from Rs.50 to Rs.800.

Silver-coated wind chimes with pastel blue bells have caught the customers’ fancy.

“The Chinese toys have brought down the prices of decorations to much more affordable levels for all sections. Most are decked with glitters to offer a grand look but come at cheaper rates,” says Raman, a shopper in Allimaal Street.

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