I’m not sure how I missed it last year…we didn’t go to the states until November 4th, but I have zero recollection of seeing Christmas items before we left. I can only surmise that I was too focused on packing to notice?
This year we’re not making the trek to the US until Christmas Eve, so I have plenty of time on my hands to sit back and shop and wander around Singapore (especially now that I’m free of bedrest). What I have noticed in the last week is….Christmas….popping up all over.
On our first day out of the hospital, I glanced up from the water play area on the 2nd floor of Vivo City and saw the Christmas Tree being put up. It was October 18th.
Three days ago, I went to our local Cold Storage and saw a ton of Halloween stuff. Yesterday, more than half of the Halloween items had been replaced. By the following…
I realize the “early Christmas” phenomenon is not particular to Singapore. Over the past 20 years (give or take a few), I’ve noticed Christmas decorations and items appearing in the stores earlier and earlier.
When I was a kid, it seemed like a switch was flipped the day after the American Thanksgiving Holiday and that suddenly Santa and trees and decorations appeared overnight. That the Christmas season was a brief four weeks of build-up, before the culmination of cookies and carrots for Santa and his team followed by the earliest wake-ups in my childhood, eager to get my hands on my stocking (the only present I was allowed before 7am, the earliest I was allowed to wake my family).
But over time, Christmas has begun to encroach upon November. Stores out to make as much cash as possible from their high season have started it earlier and earlier. First Christmas took over the entire month of November, but I could deal with it because Halloween still drew the boundary between Fall and Winter, between Candy Corn and Candy Canes. But now, even Halloween isn’t sacrosanct, and I see garlands competing for shelf space at Target with costumes. Gingerbread house kits taking up space near “haunted house” kits. Barely have the back to school signs come down before I’m being reminded of how many shopping days I have left before the big X.
It irritated me and was a pet peeve in the US. In Singapore, it strikes me as even more bizzare. I’m not used to the notion that it even CAN be hot for Christmas, much spotting trees and decorations before my birthday (the 24th of October) has passed me by. Over 30 years of Christmas=snow=cold is competing with barely 18 months of “it’s warm all the time” and my brain hurts.
In the meantime…here’s a new picture of the baby