Christmas in Thailand
Whenever this time of year swings round, keep an eye out for these tinsel Christmas trees, of which a large quantity can be found popping up all around town.
Walk through various shopping malls and department stores, and you will be able to hear a variety of Christmas tunes blaring through the speakers, ranging from Mariah Carey’s breathy Merry Christmas album to Hilary Duff’s whiny Santa Claus Lane. All this goes on while the weather outside remains staunchly tropical, though the temperature does manage to dip into the mid 70s for a week or so, if we’re lucky. Come Christmas day and you can find the majority of the city’s Buddhist teens and young adults exchanging gifts, probably without the faintest idea as to what the tradition and history of Christmas entails. But heck, if it’s a chance to receive (and give, of course) presents, who am I to complain?