Christmas in NYC Christmas in Thailand
During Christmas time many buildings in the heart of New York decorate with neon signs, Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Numerous streets, restaurants, churches, schools, and houses decorate with Christmas trees, bells, and reindeer. People plan to have parties. Many children are looking forward to having a happy time. People begin to go shopping to buy presents for friends and family members. During the holiday season, many advertising on TV, prints, newspapers, billboards, and movies, encourage us to overspend. As people watch commercials, which have a great influence on them, they consume more. They cannot recognize that they buy presents based on their emotional needs.
Besides, when people live alone or they are far away from their family. They feel isolated and empty, so they will buy things in order to fulfill themselves. However, some people try not to respond to this campaign because they understand that the true meaning of Christmas is being with their family not buying the newest things.
Christmas is coming in two weeks. This make me think about Christmas in my country. I would not like to celebrate it here. Even though we live in the USA, the holidays are not very meaningful for some of us. We miss our environment and Christmas tradition. We would like to have quality time with our loved ones. One special thing that I miss is preparing Thai traditional food: fired fish with basil sauce, chicken wings, papaya salad, tom yam shrimp, and sticky rice. The most important thing for me when it comes to the holiday season is being with my parents and making unforgettable memories in the kitchen surrounded by their warmth.
What I really member is the scent of basil, Thai herbs, and our conversations, the loud voice of my father and mother’s cooking. She transforms simple ingredients into something magical. This brings me bittersweet memories. It is comforting to know that I’m not the only one. The holiday season can be a happy time for some people, but for others can get depressed, especially when they are far away from home.