We have just spent our second Christmas in Bangkok and it was even better than the first. The trees, lights and decorations were up and the Christmas music was playing, but what made this Christmas so special was that many people in our neighborhood remembered us from last year. This made us feel welcomed and really part of things.
To be at the BTS (Sky Train Station) on our way to the mall and have
people recognize us and take a moment to say "hi" and ask how we were
was amazing. Yes, in Bangkok, a city of 8.5 million people - it was
Somehow, 5000 miles away from home, we found our Christmas spirit in the
tropical setting of Thailand. The majority of Thai people are Buddhist and don't celebrate Christmas, but we wanted to do something for the staff
at Mulligan's to let them know how appreciated they are because they
have been wonderfully kind and have made us feel so at home. We
bought Thai snacks (chocolate covered dried banana slices, sesame
crackers with pumpkin seeds and cashews, Thai peanut brittle and light
as air almond cookies). Since we didn't have a large platter, we
borrowed one from Mulligan's and had to let the bar manager in on the
surprise. Mr. Bat was sworn to secrecy.
The staff seemed pleased and went right to work on their gift which made
us so happy. Next, the pub manager broke out a bottle of sparkling
wine and we toasted Christmas and the New Year. Mr. Jimmy, another
guest at the hotel, brought some fruit down from his room and sliced it
up as well as ordering a beautiful appetizer plate from the restaurant
for the staff to share.
To top it all off, Bat bought us beers as his gift to us. It was
unplanned and impromptu and I can't remember the last time I felt such
warm feelings for and genuine enjoyment of Christmas. To the staff at Mulligan's
thank you for that - what a wonderful experience you gave us!
While most Thais don't celebrate Christmas, they do enjoy the decorations and I think they also put them up to please the Westerners who do celebrate the holiday. And, now I will leave you with the sights of Christmas in Bangkok...
Best wishes to all for a Happy and Healthy New Year 2016!