December in Lopburi

LopburiDecember has been long and hot in Thailand. While many of my American friends and family are bundled up drinking eggnog, attending gift exchanges, and heading home to Christmas trees and feasts, I’m finding myself quite far removed. I see small hints of Christmas cheer in certain westernized stores and restaurants, but I suppose it’s no surprise that a Buddhist country doesn’t celebrate a Christian holiday. It’s hard to feel Christmas-y when you’re sweating your clothes off every day.

Being pulled back from the usual American holiday madness has provided a strong dose of perspective. My life isn’t surrounded by advertisements for Black Friday sales or holiday movie marathons. I haven’t seen wreaths and garland hanging in stores since October. If I want to hear Christmas music, I need to choose to find a song on Youtube. I’m realizing that it’s not Christmas time unless you make it Christmas time on your own accord.

Travel is meant to draw us away from the familiar, which indeed it has. Being so far away has helped me recognize just how big the world is that something as colossal as Christmas passes without much of a mention somewhere else. It’s not necessarily a negative thing, just a sobering observation that America isn’t the center of the world, although many Americans would love to believe so. While Christmas isn’t affecting my life right now, neither is a war in the Middle East or a school shooting in Connecticut or strife in Africa. There are so many different realities existing at once on this planet, and I’m happy my travels remind me this again and again.

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4 Responses to December in Lopburi

  1. Ben says:

    Some great points in this post Colleen. I completely agree with you, especially your point about “multiple realities” existing simultaneously.

  2. Eulalia says:

    This is my first time visit at here and i am genuinely impressed to read all at alone place.

  3. I’m a writer from Tighachnoic, Great Britain just forwarded this onto a coworker who is performing a little research on this. And she actually bought me lunch just because I stumbled upon it for her… lol. Actually, allow me to paraphrase this…. Thanks for the meal… But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this matter here on your site.

    • Colleen V says:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m pleased to know that my ramblings were helpful to someone across the world. Please contact me if you or your coworker would like more input :).

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