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Tree, star & Santa fever
Xmas goodies flood shops

Residents of Patna are spoilt for choice of decorative items with just five days left for the Christmas celebrations.

An entire stock of Christmas goodies has flooded the markets in the capital. From Christmas trees to home decor, one can find a range of products based on the Xmas theme at Boring Road, Archies Galleries and Maurya Lok complex.

“The best things are that the products are affordable as well as durable. The goodies are lighter on pocket and easy to give the house a festive makeover,” said Niharika, who was shopping with her younger brother at Boring Road.

A Christmas tree costs between Rs 25 and Rs 300 at most of the markets in Patna.

“The trees are easy to assemble and last as long as you want to keep them. After December 25, you can tuck it anywhere in the room,” said Aneeta Singh, who buys Christmas stuff for her son every year.

She added that plastic-made Christmas trees are easier to carry. The trees mostly come in dark green and bright white shades.

Also, revellers do not have to take the pain of decorating the trees further because most of the Christmas trees are already ornamented with coloured balls and bells. If one can shell out a few extra bucks, pre-fitted lightings, too, come with the pine trees, associated with Christmas celebrations.

“Trees with lightings save you from the hassle of fitting it later. The trees remind you of winter and gaiety. It’s a must for Christmas,” said Dinesh Kumar, who sells decorative items near Boring Road roundabout.

Apart from the trees, items like mistletoes, stars, drums, gift boxes, balls and Santa Claus with his legendary bag full of gifts are selling like hot cakes. The prices range between Rs 5 and Rs 1,000.

Designer bells and balls are the most sold items in Archies Galleries. Santa’s caps with stars and fur masks are a craze among children.

However, the musical Santa Claus with a glowing candlelight has been the best seller this yearend.

Prices vary between Rs 200 and Rs 600.

“The musical Santa Claus plays six tunes, mostly popular Christmas carols,” said Raju, who has a stall in Maurya Lok.

The walking and dancing Santa, too, is a major attraction this winter.

“I got a musical Santa for my son. He had asked for it last month,” said Kanchan Agarwal, a resident of Bailey Road.

She added: “Don’t just limit your decorations to the Christmas goodies. Usher in a festive mood with bright line-up of decor. Gorgeous garlands, chiffon frills, heart-shaped wall hangings, vintage bells can also add up to the excitement of the biggest winter fest.

Ananya Sinha, who was in an Archies Gallery, said she sends cards to her friends to wish them on the big day.

“Cards are the best way to express a feeling simply and smartly,” said Sinha, who was seen picking up mostly red and white cards at the gallery.

Narayan Sharma, the owner of the Archies Gallery on Boring Road, said cards are a hit in all seasons.

“Cards with short quotes and messages are in vogue. Customers don’t like serious cards. Funky cards with funny messages sell the most among youths,” he said. The cards at the shopping destination mostly range between Rs 50 and Rs 300.