‘Tis(n’t) the season in Bogor

It is most decidedly not beginning to look a lot like Christmas here. This breaks my heart a little, because Christmas in Canada is my favourite season. I love the smells, the baking, the cozy sweaters, the family game nights, the silent snowfalls, singing carols, and having a glass of wine by the fire with friends. But so far, it still feels like July here. I’m having trouble getting in the mood.

On the other hand, it’s kind of a relief to be free of the pressure – Christmas can be whatever we want it to be here. Minimal presents, simple decorations, less planning and travelling. Really, I’m kind of looking forward to not making a big deal out of it.

That being said, we found ourselves in Jakarta last weekend doing some “Christmas shopping.” Now, this is kind of hard, since the kids come everywhere with us (and spend most of the time whining). So, one of us distracts them while the other tries to search out toys, etc., and buy them surreptitiously. It works best if we’ve already bought something from another store and thus have a bag already. This time, there was no way that was going to work, so we split up to do some separate shopping. B wandered around while I took the kids for ice cream and for a trip on the mall train.

Yes, the mall train. It’s not really as exciting as it sounds – it was a sort of modded golf cart that travelled around the mall on fake sticker tracks. But the kids loved it, and it kept them in one place for 10 minutes, so it’s a win in my book. Even if it did cost us $3 each.

After all that, we didn’t end up buying any presents, but I did snap photos of all the things the kids were eyeing. Santa’s getting a multimedia list this year! We also broke down and bought a little fake tree and decorations. B wasn’t going to leave the store without one. I think we’ll be decorating it this weekend!

Otherwise, we’re all very excited because Grandma is arriving tomorrow morning. The kids are over the moon, and I hope she’s ready for them to sneak into her bed every night this week. I’m excited that they might remember how to not act like wieners since grandma is here, and we might finally get a break. If not, they’re both getting a tooth car for Christmas and nothing else.

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