🎅Merry Christmas to all🎅… happy Hackney doorsteps into the 2020 festive season

ChrisWreath©DA20e5: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Clarence Pl/Clapton Sq, Hackney London E5, 171220
OTT? But hey, It’s Christmas! Brussels sprouts, clementine, holly and a candle in Cecilia Road E8

 

IF THE SANTA EMOJI in the headline looks a little downcast it could be because the wreath displays are looking a little underpowered this year 2020. 

Loving Dalston never does surveys but as its photographer walked Hackney to photograph doors he reckoned that fewer than ever had Christmas wreaths on them.

It would hardly be a surprise. After all, the nation has had months of bumbling politicians and doomster scientists flapping their arms and waving at graphs as they crash into to our TVs to save us from the plague that has brought the world to a stop. 

Not surprisingly, the frequent lockdowns have driven some of us a little dinilo: eg, the person who was seen stealing Christmas wreaths in Hackney.

Thank goodness some Hackneyites still have the heart to hang a circle of holly or something like at the front of their houses. Take it as a tiny protest at the commercialisation of what started as a commemoration of the birth of someone who grew up to be a religious revolutionary. Or so the holy Bible say.

DA20: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Montague Rd, Dalston, Hackney London E8 171220
Full Monty: classic-design wreath works well with a modern setting in Montague Road, Dalston
ChrisWreath©DA20balls: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Montague Rd, Dalston, Hackney London E8 171220
Balls to Christmas: “Include me out, ta” next to a pretty little wreath in Montague Road
ChrisWreath©DA20secular: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Montague Rd, Dalston, Hackney London E8 171220
Floral story: blossoming plant at left brings a simple item to life
ChrisWreath©DA20mirror: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Amhurst Rd, Dalston, Hackney London E8 171220
Reflected glory: door window adds to the appeal of an innovative display
ChrisWreath©DA18: Christmas Hackney London © david,altheer@gmail,com
Lion king: the doorknocker seems to add to this colour co-ordinated display in E8
ChrisWreath©DA20GreenwdGrey: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Greenwood Rd, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 201220
Multi-coloured: a picturesque wreath among the grand houses of greenwood Road, Dalston
Chriswreath©DA20TH: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Shoreditch, London E8, 191220
On the edge of Hackney, near Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets borough, a cheery cockney
ChrisWreath©DA20GreenwdWindo: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Greenwood Rd, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 201220
Inside job: the display shines from within at this house in Greenwood Road, Dalston, London E8
ChrisWreath©DA20red: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Shrubland Rd, Hackney, London E8, 201220
Reddy for your close-up? Bright is right in Shrubland Road, near London Fields
Kitschy cutesy: Loving Dalston did not wait to see whether this lit up, as the cord suggests
ChrisWreath©DA20GreenwdYelo: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Greenwood Rd, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 201220
Hello yellow: a handsome wreath contrasts well with the traditionally coloured Victorian door in Greenwood Road
Green scene: sometimes a simple display can stand out, as on this Shrubland Road, Haggerston door
Chriswreath©DA20Queens: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Queensbridge Road, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 191220
Understated elegance: stylish subtlety and perhaps a self-crafted effort in Queensbridge Road, Hackney E8
Chriswreath©DA20wild: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Queensbridge Road, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 191220
Rus in urbe: hints of the wind in the wilderness speak out from Queensbridge Road
Chriswreath©DA20QueensGlass: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Queensbridge Road, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 191220
Glass act? Who needs a dazzling wreath display when replacement stained glass can add a little pizzaz?
Above and below: simple wreaths on a black background show well on a grey, wintry day
Chriswreath©DA20simple: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Queensbridge Road, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 191220
ChrisWreath©DA20Classical: © david.altheer@gmail.com Christmas @ Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, Hackney, London E8, 201220
Classical: imposing door surrounds perhaps show a need for a brighter wreath

Hamish Scott 211220

Chriswreath©DA20TH: © david.altheer@gmail.com, Shoreditch, Towser Hamlets BC, London E8, 191220

* Backstory: Festive doors 2019Christmas Day pubs 2019; Hackney Christmas competitiveness 2018; Loving you, loving Christmas

* Links to articles in The Guardiando not imply any approval of the newspaper’s historic involvement with slavery.

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