Today it is Christmas, a day like any other in Vietnam. The businesses are open and the kids are in school. I am looking out at a sunny and warm day. It is as if nothing happened yesterday, but let me tell you how the 24th went.
In the morning and early afternoon, it was a little quieter than normal. People were home many enjoying the afternoon off due to a western holiday. A person could think that nothing is going to happen here when shortly after dark…… WHAMMO!! People came out in force. There were convoys of teenagers cruising the roads wearing bright red Santa caps, and perhaps almost every child in town was standing on a motorcycle between mothers arms gazing wide eyed at the chaos and confusion around. It is Christmas eve and this is when the Vietnamese recognize the holiday. All bars, restaurants, and coffee shops were filled to capacity and the road filled with exhaust pipe to exhaust pipe traffic. Santa’s were everywhere riding scooters. Every large restaurant was overflowing with guests that were attending weddings that have been scheduled for this night for a long time.
I was going to cook a turkey but the only ones to find were monsters too big to fit in our oven, sooooo A large honey glazed ham and 2 big chickens are on the menu. We wish all of you were here to share this meal with us…… Oh well…… I guess more for me 😉