We were in Edmonton briefly over the Easter Weekend to celebrate my mother's 98th birthday and Mary's mother's 75th birthday. But no trip is allowed to Edmonton without a stop at West Edmonton Mall so that Kasia and Tigana can have a quick round of bungie jumping on the Center of Gravity trampolines.
This being the Easter weekend, we were a bit concerned by the sight of Christmas trees everywhere throughout the mall. At 800 stores, WEM is one of the largest malls in the world, but Edmontonians have long held the suspicion that it is only a matter of time before it, like other malls before it, starts its slow decline into ruin. The apparent lack of staff or funding priorities to take down last Christmas' trees seemed a pretty blatant sign that the mall's collapes was nigh.
However, as it turns out, it's not that at all. The mall is the location for a movie and the trees are props. To quote the WEM website:
West Edmonton Mall to star in major Hollywood picture
With the official Christmas holiday having been over for several weeks, many people have wondered why West Edmonton Mall has not taken down its Christmas decorations. Now the answer can be explained. Christmas will soon be coming again to West Edmonton Mall as it has been chosen as the primary location for the major Hollywood motion picture `Christmas in Wonderland.`
I guess I'm reassured.