Holidays Abroad: Time Gone Missing
I won’t be home for Christmas, either, this year, and that will be odd, too. But Thailand — while 94% Buddhist — is not immune from the commercial Christmas virus that seems to be one of America’s prime exports. Decorations were up, sale signs hung, and treacly holiday songs filled the malls by the time I returned from a trip on November 10. (And nobody was hollering about “Hey can’t you at least wait until after Thanksgiving?!” because… right, there’s no Thanksgiving.) But Christmas in Bangkok will be a little like the ones Bing Crosby croons about in Hawaii — a bright Christmas day, in a land where palm trees sway.
What I don’t miss about Thanksgiving in the U.S.: