Monday, December 3, 2007

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


It's December, so it's finally time to start seeing Christmas stuff up and about (unlike the US, where the stuff starts appearing like magic sometime in mid-July these days it seems). Christmas decorations in Shanghai confuse me somewhat, though.

They put up a huge 'tree' out in front of our building. It's a giant metal cone, covered in silver tinsel and purple and pink ornaments. Very tall, but not enough green. At least it's the right shape. Across the street is the green tree, but it has a mushroom top.

Of the couple dozen or so trees we've seen, I've learned a new rule. If the tree is outside, you can expect that it's going to be as bizarre as possible. My personal favorite is the metal frame tree with presents hanging around inside it.

Then you go and try to find Christmas decorations, since we didn't bring any with us. We managed to find a couple of Christmas ornaments on Saturday, but no good decorations at the store we'd previously seen trying to advertise them. Sunday we headed to the mall to look for some more. A six-story mall, we found one store with any sort of decorations at all.

At least they weren't completely bizarre, and there are no presents hanging around inside of our new wire-frame reindeer.

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