With more trees, fake snow and, oh no, Christmas carols
It’s not even December yet. But the Christmas trees are already up everywhere that I’ve been so far in Bangkok. And I haven’t been to that many places yet. The cashiers in the big box stores have Santa hats on and there is a Winter Wonderland Theme going on in one of the big malls. Giant polar bears and fake snow have also turned up at one of the malls.
I seem to talk about this each time I’m in Bangkok at this time of year. There are more Christmas trees and decorations in this 90%+ Buddhist country than in Canada or the US. It’s crazy town at Christmas time in Bangkok. Of course, it’s all about shopping. But what’s weird is that there is even a Christmas tree in the lobby of my apartment building. This is a building where I would guess that at least 85-90% of the residents are local Thai Buddhists. I’ve also noticed Christmas trees in other apartment building lobbies as well. No matter, Christmas is big here and everyone seems to get into the act.
The most egregious aspects of all this Bangkok Christmas cheer are are carols. There are carols and Mariah Carrey Christmas songs playing in every mall, in every shop, at every train station, everywhere. It’s ridiculous.
So, on this last day of November, live from Buddhist Bangkok, Merry Christmas!!!
If you’re interested, here are few past Christmas tree stories from the Bangkok Blog: