Sunday, December 25, 2005

         Two days ago, it was sunny but breezy.  The weather was so fine like it's gonna be summer.  Today, an abrupt change.  We woke up at 11am and found a drizzly Christmas Day.  (Now, that's another first for me.)  As I peeped through my blinds, the scenario looked more like Holiweek than Holiday.  When Lance turned the tv on, the Messiah was showing on the History channel.  Well, it really was a holiday, or shall I write, holy day.


         Here's another difference between my and this country...

         Back home, when it's Christmastime, big malls are open since a lot of people still love to shop or simply window-shop.  My family did that every year as far as I remember.  (I don't know about today or last year though.)  It's funny 'cause even if Anson's and COD showed the very same thing over and over again, we'd still go.  But, mind you, it lasted only during our childhood.  And it gives me sense of nostalgia and that good ole childhood feeling whenever I see Christmas window displays.  HGTV showed a whole lot of displays one night and I felt blissful.  I felt like a kid begging Lance to drive us to anywhere near Virginia; that is, New York City.  (Nah!  No luck!  Hate it!)  My dad always brought our family to places and I missed that.  While Dad is an adventurous traveler, Lance is a couch potato (or couch camote according to Lance).  And when he throws himself to our 3-layer bed, gosh, he sleeps ANYTIME as if there's no mornings.  As you can see now (25 December 2005), I'm a Christmas blogger.  No more than that.  The only thing that could perk me up, I guess, is a sudden snow.  At least, I'll still have that white Holiday air.

         Now, here in Virginia, malls are so closed!  Yesterday, they closed at 6pm.  I was rushing to finish my last-minute shopping.  Picture this: Me, falling in line on the cashier's lane with only two glossy paper bags, two transparent tape rolls and a fancy notebook on my hands.  The store, Family Dollar!  (Cool, huh!)  Ok, now, here's the good thing.  Of course, cashiers and store-keepers need to celebrate.  Here, it's not always the shoppers who play and enjoy while the former work and wait on them in line.  Store owners don't seem to be mindful of their potential sales during times like these.  They think of their staff, which is good (or is it a law?)  The most important thing is people celebrate equally!  I'm not saying that my country is unfair.  This is just a realization of how different two countries are.

         Well, I'm still hoping that my "daddy" Lance will take me to Christmasland.  For the meantime, let me greet you...




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