Smells like Christmas spirit

I’ve been finding it a little hard to get into a holiday mood.

If you live in a country where Christmas starts as soon as the back-to-school sales are over, it might be hard to imagine anyone feeling nostalgia for department stores.  But at least at the mall you can count on some tinsel and fa-la-la.  These things are practically nonexistent in Addis.  Even in Damascus there were Christmas decorations at the school and in shops around town.  I could use some silver bells, chestnuts roasting, and pine trees.

The atmosphere around here is so lacking in holiday spirit that I wasn’t even going to bother decorating the house. But then our friends Leslie and Brian had us over for board games, and they had a tree, and candles, and Christmas music, and it was really nice.

So I went home and got Andreas to drag the lavender bush in off the porch. I put the Christmas iTunes folder on shuffle. The candles were taken care of (we only have power about 5 hours a day at the moment, so we keep plenty on hand.) We lit a fire in the fireplace. Just a real old-fashioned Christmas. Except that it smells more like Victoria’s Secret than a pine forest.

Here’s a three-year retrospective of our ex-pat Christmas trees.


About lornaofarabia

I am a teacher from Medford, Oregon. I currently live and work in Bangkok, Thailand.
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1 Response to Smells like Christmas spirit

  1. Pingback: The 1.6 days of Christmas | Lorna of Arabia

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