FOR years now I’ve heard complaints left, right and centre about the High Street being dead. As we become more digitalised and it seems easier and easier to click a button and have goods delivered straight to your door, I can see why people might think that this is the case. 

However, I firmly believe that dead is too strong a word. The High Street may be languishing, but do you know what shocks it back into action each and every year? Christmas.

As much as I love having the ability to purchase gifts right at my fingertips, I can’t help but feel like scrolling through a phone instead of hitting the shops dulls the magical moments when we’re all united in Yuletide spirit and barging past each other on our Christmas quests.

Part of the fun of Christmas shopping is the actual experience of being in the shops and browsing the delightful displays for inspiration before stopping in the nearest Starbucks to grab a Gingerbread Latte, am I right?

As if the Christmas markets weren’t enough of a pull to get you out of those Pjs and into the shopping spirit, the sheer sight of Glasgow’s Style Mile as we countdown to the big day is enough to make anyone think twice about purchasing presents online from the comfort of their own home.

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The divine decorations which sweep across shopfronts throughout the city make shopping at this time of year an ideal way to get yourself in a merry mood. If gazing up at the lashings of lights laid out across Frasers doesn’t inspire you to get out and browse the shops for gifts then I don’t know what will. It’s Christmas time, the High Street is calling and I have to say, the people of Glasgow have answered. The streets are alive with people enjoying all the city has to offer, breezing round the bustling shops, grabbing a mulled wine at George Square and making the most of seeing products in the flesh instead of through a screen. 

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I know there are some of you out there who absolutely detest Christmas shopping but I’m sure many of you are among those complaining about the High Street heading to an early grave. 

So as Glasgow’s shopping scene celebrates Christmas in style make sure you get out, join in and soak up the buzzing atmosphere - one day it might not be there. 

Merry Christmas, and stay stylish, Glasgow.