I got back to
Abu Dhabi yesterday, after two weeks away in . With nothing in the fridge, my husband and I decided to go out for a late lunch before stopping at the grocery store to get some essentials. Brazil
Funny thing though was the soundtrack to our afternoon. We ate and shopped listening to Christmas songs. All I want for Christmas is you, Deck the Halls, White Christmas, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Here comes Santa Claus, Silent Night, Jingle Bells – the whole repertoire!
Don’t get me wrong. I loooove this time of the year and Christmas songs make me all chirpy and warm inside. I guess the whole thing reminds me of my time in the
: the Thanksgiving turkey was not even totally digested and the Christmas spirit was already everywhere. Pretty standard procedure there. But you have to agree with me that the UAE is not the kind of place you would expect to hear Christmas songs 24/7. US
Although I am thousands of miles away from my family and friends and I always have to pray December 25 falls on a Friday or Saturday so I don’t have to work (Christmas is not a holiday here), I still find it pleasant to spend Christmas here.
It’s fun to watch the expats walk around in a different ‘radio frequency’, humming and dancing as they decide on which Christmas decorations to get for the house or as they start their annual Christmas shopping marathon.
I also enjoy looking around for different versions of Christmas in the UAE. Yesterday, for example, I was able to find one: Christmas cards and decorations with camels instead of reindeers! Is this cool or what?
Don’t worry… I’ll keep my eyes open for more. Meanwhile, ho, ho, ho to you!