WTF? (What THE?! Fridays) Part 13 (Is that unlucky?) Christmas Edition

This week’s WTF? is not so much a WTF?, unless you are my parents and you are continually amazed that other parts of the world have Christmas stuff, as well. To be fair, I’m kind of amused myself that there are so many Christmas decorations and so much Christmas music around Thailand. One of my Thai friends said it’s because Thais love any excuse to have fun and have a party.

So, I’m just going to post a (very) few pictures of a Thai Christmas…

Christmas decorations at Paragon mall.

Christmas Bunny...

Christmas Bunnies plural.

(At Amarin Mall) Christmas BEAR dressed up as Christmas BUNNY! This is doing my head in because it's so cute. Gah.

AND THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER…

Utz Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips. For the love of god, I have the best sister in the world. I'm not even going to tell you the average price of the chips after shipping. But totally worth it. Totally worth it. Thanks, sis!

Me in a chip coma. There was a funnier, even more staged one where I had strewn chips all over my face--which is what usually happens when I eat chips--but I decided to have some dignity (shut it!). Anyway, I'm not kidding, these chips are by FAR superior to anything there is in Thailand. I'm sorry, but it's true.

Christmas Eve plans include traditional Christmas Eve burritos and many margaritas with the lovely Dani and Melanie and their respective others. Christmas dinner will be spent with Melanie and her respective other, eating homemade apple pie. Be jealous, suckers. Melanie has an oven!

I’m not quite missing Christmas yet because it feels so much like summer here still. If I were in a cold, Christian country, I might feel a little different. But as I’m currently in a hot Buddhist country sitting in my underwear and sweating like crazy, I’m kind of forgetting I’m supposed to be all bundled up in a blanket, sitting with my family and watching 24 hours of A Christmas Story while stuffing myself silly with delicious food…ahhhh….

And one more Christmas Bunny picture…

Does the Christmas Bunny leave baskets by coming down the chimney? But do they have chimneys in Thailand? INSANITY!

Merry Christmas to my friends and family! I miss you all!

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18 responses to “WTF? (What THE?! Fridays) Part 13 (Is that unlucky?) Christmas Edition

  1. Jess

    Merry Christmas, Megan!! If I could get those chips on the West Coast, I would ship more to you. We have lame, bean-based healthy chips here that only hamsters would love. :)

  2. carrie

    Merry Christmas, Megan! We miss you!

  3. Merry Christmas Megan…the whole bunny thing is very confusing…like Christmas morphed with Easter and Alice In Wonderland. It must be a Bangkok thing ;) Nice that Thailand tries to accommodate us farang though!

  4. What?? We didn’t have any Christmas Bunnies in Chiang Mai. I feel ROBBED!

  5. Sally, I didn’t see any, perhaps those Christmas elephants scared them off!

  6. Fred Trellis

    OMG! And other expressions of surprise! I was actually there (several times) in the past week. At one time, I sat in the Japanese restaurant in Siam Thingy (Not the Paragon which is the department store, nor Siam Discovery, but the one in the middle between the two, whose name I just blanked.) As I munched my festive Chicken Teriyaki, I gazed out on the very spot where you were standing for your photos with the bunny.

    I am not a stalker. Honest.

    OK, maybe I am, but I’m not stalking you. My computer was being repaired in Siam Discovery, and I passed through the Centre BTS station, wandered round the Siam Centre, loadsa times.

    You should have seen these lights at night – they were pretty damn good.

    I hope you have / had / have had the best Christmas, and Santa made all you and your dreams come true.

    • Hmmm…I’m not sure about this stalker business.

      Although, you know what? If I had a stalker, I might feel like a real celebrity. Ever see 30 Rock? I could be like Jenna!

      Anyway, yeah, I saw the lights at night, too, and they *were* pretty great.

      I had a great Christmas, actually, thanks. I hope you did, too!

  7. Erin

    So I am curious….why the Christmas Bunny? Have you heard any explanation about their reasoning for this odd decoration? I wonder if Santa will show up for Easter? :)

    Side note – thanks so much for writing this blog! It kind of feels like we get to go on this adventure with you :)

    • I really have no idea about why a Christmas Bunny. I’ve seen Santa around, too. Usually somebody pipes up with an explanation, but I haven’t seen one yet.

      Awwww…thanks for saying such nice things! I’m glad you enjoy reading it. That makes me happy! :) Hope you guys are well down in FL!

  8. looks like you had a happy christmas! sending you lots of love and hugs!

  9. Amy

    Hi Megan,

    I have a feeling Bangkok was/is overrun with Christmas Bunnies because this next Chinese New Year is the year of the rabbit…

    Just started reading your blog, and thank you so much for cracking me up – I’m a teacher too and as you can imagine I’m in need of the laughs while I count down my days until June and leaping off into unpaid unemployed freedom.

    Amy in Taiwan (you should see the rabbit paraphernalia here! ;)

    • Hi Amy! Hooray for unpaid unemployed freedom!

      I actually just realized a couple of days ago the same thing about the Christmas Bunnies. But it took me almost two months to puzzle it out–you’re clearly much smarter than I am! :)

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