November 10

November 10, 2011 at 11:08 am | Posted in Family, Transylvania | 10 Comments
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November 10: Have a holly, jolly …
Would you believe there are no Christmas trees in the stores yet here in Romania? No tinny carols filtering through the speakers? No cinnamon candles burning to inspire you to shop, shop, shop? Romanians, it seems, prefer to wait until Christmas is within shouting distance to celebrate. (In fact, most families don’t put up a tree until Christmas Eve.) While this utter lack of Christmas commercialism pleases me, it also baffles me. Don’t Romanians want to revel in that magical feeling that only happens at the holidays? Don’t they crave the smell of pine and peppermint and eggnog? Don’t they want to bribe their kids to smile or at least stand still for a photo that’s good enough to grace the Christmas card? Well, okay, I see the merits of not getting swept up in yuletide hysteria. But I’m allowing myself to indulge just a teeny bit as I listen to Karen Carpenter sing about homemade pumpkin pie and address our cards. I’ve got to allow enough time for them to make it stateside, right??


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  1. Those look like super cute Christmas cards! Good idea on getting a head start. I see Western commercialism has come to Bulgaria in recent years as Christmas crap has been available in stores here since Halloween.

  2. They had the Christmas stuff out since September.

  3. Hi!
    I think I could live there. I hate having Christmas “stuff” around at Halloween. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  4. Wow, you are early with your cards, but I guess you have to be! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They look cute from here. Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving there?

  5. Interesting being in a different country during traditional seasons. Christmas is mid-summer here, few real pine trees and haven’t heard of cinnamon candles, although the shops are full of Christmas decorations etc already.

    Where did you have your Christmas cards printed?

  6. Wow you are really ahead of the game! Your cards look really cute!

  7. So interesting to learn about the culture differences! One of my students (age 7) remarked this morning, “Ms. Benjamin it’s so weird it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and all the stores and tv shows are talking about Christmas!” – Your cards look great!

  8. I buy Christmas cards every year, and I sign those cards, put them into envelopes then address them. Then about 2 weeks after Christmas I throw them all away because I forgot to mail them out! Good night nurse!!!

  9. Yes, we were listening to Christmas music in the store while we shopped yesterday…and we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet. I do love this time of year though so I can’t complain. You’re doing great getting your cards done already!! I’m impressed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and I can’t wait to see your Thanksgiving craft! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. […] never guess … I lied. Inadvertently. But I lied nonetheless. Turns out, Romanian stores are peddling holiday wares already. (I momentarily forgot that I haven’t been to the grocery store in three months.) But […]

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