A Chiang Mai Christmas
Before we left California, one question that everyone seemed to ask (after “why are you leaving?”) was whether we would get Christmas in Thailand. Well, considering Christianity has been around for a little while and made it’s way around the world, I wasn’t worried that we would “miss” Christmas. I will admit, I am glad that I did not have to deal with the crowds and the crazy material side of Christmas, but got a chance to still get that Christmas feeling here in Chiang Mai.
There are Christmas decorations in as many places as you would see back at home in the states, if not more. Every cafe, hotel, restaurant, grocery store, and bar has a Christmas tree put up with “Merry Christmas” and “Happy 2015” signs to accompany it.
You simply cannot help but notice it’s “that time of year.” There are lights put up in the streets and “Happy new year” at the entrance of most storefronts. Everyone seems to partake in the Christmas Spirit even though Buddhism is the major religion of the country.
Bars and restaurants advertise their celebrations for Christmas and the new year and fireworks can be heard and seen around town starting on the 23rd. Think Park, on the corner of Nimmanhaemin Road also got a makeover for the occasion. White sand was brought in and covered the entire shopping center area. (I wonder how they will clean that up??)
Our little apartment even got a tree and visit from Santa!
Merry Christmas from Chiang Mai!
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Hi! I'm just a California girl addicted to travel and adventure with a passion for art and dance on the side. Born in Iran, but I consider myself a citizen of Earth, adhering to the belief that "The world is but one country and mankind its citizen." I strive to make a positive impact on everyone I meet and learn as much as possible from them. My degree out of college is in Marketing. However, I entered the hospitality business at an early age and worked my way up to hotel management. After about 13 years in that industry (5 of which I was a hotel assistant manager), I made the decision to move to Thailand and leave the 9 to 5 grind behind. My husband and I set off for a life of living abroad and hopes to continue traveling the world, just 3 months after our wedding. It all started with the two of us, along with our cat, together in Thailand. Can't wait to see where life takes us next!