Call me a Scrooge or just plain lazy but our home was devoid of Christmas decorations this year. A big reason why is because 99% of our Christmas decorations are in storage. And who has room for a tree anyway?
I saw the malls & shops all decked out in Christmas decorations but somehow did not feel the Christmas spirit; it just felt so commercial. Hong Kong &, I think, Singapore as well, "celebrate" American holidays like Easter (chocolate bunnies & Easter egg hunts, which, the way I see it, has nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ), and Halloween (this was something I only read about or watched on TV when I was growing up). Retailers do a whopping business marketing Christmas presents, & Easter/Halloween candies, and fancy dress costumes for trick-or-treating (or in the case of adults, partying).
Now, Chinese New Year is coming and the decorations started going up as soon as Christmas was over. It will be another quiet one for us this year, just A & I. I asked him: "I'm trying to decide whether to put up CNY decorations or not. Should I?"
His answer: "Why? We would just need to take them down again."
I guess I'm not the only Scrooge in the family.
Happy Year of the Horse everyone.