Was driving down Orchard Road (the main shopping belt in Singapore) yesterday when my daughter, S, suddenly exclaimed: "Look mum! Christmas decorations! I cant believe it! It's only October."
Me: Are you sure?
(I was busy concentrating on driving due to the traffic jams)
S: Yes, look it's up the tree.
(The tree was next to the Singapore Visitor centre, next to Faber House)
Lo and behold! she was right.
Me: Maybe they are left over decorations from last year. There are no other christmas decorations around.
Driving on, in front of Orchard Plaza, S shouted again.
S: No, Mum! There are more decorations here. Also, they weren't there yesterday when we drove down this road.
Indeed! there were more snow flakes, and stars hanging from the trees!!
Why? Why? Why? This only happens in Singapore. Where Christmas decorations come out in October. It means we have to put up with it for 2 whole months. In the US, the only deco you would see at this time would be for Halloween, culminating with the Haloween parade in Soho, New York on 31 oct. Thereafter, you would see them getting ready for thanksgiving, which is in the last week of November. THEN, when all the thanksgiving celebrations (and the great big post-thanksgiving sale) is over, you would see Christmas deco coming up. Here, we have even yet to celebrate Deepavali, and Christmas deco is up. It is just getting too commercialised.
Please! Would the person in charge of making the decision of when to put up the christmas deco spare a thought for some of us? 2 months is a bit too long!
Christmas in October? Only in Singapore!!