Jamshedpur :With Christmas and New Year around the corner, the city is already dipped in festive spirit. Several shops have been decorated by hanging stockings from the roof and displaying Christmas New Year greeting cards.
All hotels are gearing up to place huge Christmas trees in their lobbies and have gotten lively Santa Claus’ to celebrate the occasion.
Christmas trees are in demand and so are decorative items like bells, boxes and Santa Claus made in various forms. However, the bakery shops are one working hard to meet the orders of cakes and pastries on time. The bakery shops are flooded with orders for Christmas cake.
“How can someone celebrate the festival of cakes and ginger wine without trying a hand at a variety of cakes and cookies available in the market. Christmas reminds of dark plum cake, which is mostly made during this season,” said a shopkeeper. Members of Christian community are rushing to markets and several public places to prepare for Christmas, and most hotels and coffee shops have decorated their premises with statues of Santa Claus and Christmas trees to mark the occasion.
“Chocolate cake, Black forest cake, butterscotch and plum cakes are the most preferred flavours of the season. We have dark plum cakes, which we bake only during the Christmas season, and fruit cakes too are a rage here,” said Mohammed Nizam of Howrah Bakery.
Meanwhile, Hotel Sonnet and Fortune Hotel Centre Point have also introduced special Christmas sweets, cakes and eggnog. Hotel authorities said that several people come to the hotel on Christmas to celebrate the occasion.
On the other hand Archie’s gallery in Bistupur is flooded with gifts for the season. One can find much for doing up a house for Christmas in reds, whites and greens.
“The most sold out items are Christmas cards, caps and chocolates. Moreover statues of Santa Claus are also in huge demand,” Satish Tiwary of Card House.
“Christians gather at the church to participate in the Christmas Eve but we try to celebrate by wishing them and eating cakes and chicken and turkey biriyanis,” said Rajni Malhotra a house wife, who was busy choosing a Santa Claus in a shop for her granddaughter.