Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Guess Who is Coming to Town?

Christmas is right around the corner and hints of it are starting to pop up all around town. I know our simple displays here are nothing compared to the Malls decked out with lights and glitter, bells and tinsel in theWest, but they do tend to have their own unique spin to the holiday. Whether it is the English corner kids telling me that Christmas is great because it is Santa’s birthday.

OrNasreddin Ependy Santa who travels around bringing Christmas cheer on his faithful donkey,

Even Finding Nemo underwater Santa, who swims around with his snorkeling mask on and wish all the fish a Merry Christmas.

This year a new Central Asian Christmas mistake was added to the unusual ways that this place understands one of our biggest holidays. I was at our local version of Wal-Mart, listening to them play Christmas Carols over the loud speaker when I started to pay attention to the lyrics. The song “Santa Clause is coming To Town started into its little known second verse with a triumphal declaration that:

“You better watch out, you better not cry,
You better not pout I’m telling you why
Jesus Christ is coming to town.
He’s making a list and checking it twice,
Go’na find out who’s naughty and nice
Oh Jesus Christ is coming to town.”

Finally something to really get me into the Christmas mood.


Mom said...

Liked your latest blog but wanted you to know Christmas mistakes don't just happen in your part of the world but here in Canada as well.

Saturday I was over at the mall in a small Christmas store opened for the season and saw a real nice musical snow globe with the
Nativity scene in it. I decided to turn the music on to see what carol they chose to go with the scene and much to my surprise and
disgust they were playing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

So gafors don't just happen on your side of the world they happen here to - but mind you our gafors come from your side of the world
as that is where it was made. What can I say.

Beth said...

That's HILARIOUS! I wished they played that version in our malls too!

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

That's awesome!