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I'm lucky enough to get the time between xmas and new year off...and the 2nd of January for some reason.
It's Berchtoldstag but.. shhh... not everyone has this as a public holiday...
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:27
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I hate Christmas as much as the next guy but what does early Christmas displays in shops have to do with the Swiss? It's all over friggin Europe!
Oh Hey, Christmas is my favorite! But I was in Spain for 2 days and saw nothing like this. Also not in Germany yet.

I think in America we have rules as to when Christmas unfolds. First you have Halloween, then comes Turkey-Day, Then the day after Turkey-Tag you have an explosion of Christmas preparations.

I just find it amazing that we need 2 months to prepare for Christmas..... Seems like we would all be burnt out after 2 months?
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:29
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So I went to do a bit of grocery shopping today at Migros. And LOW AND BEHOLD I find out its Christmas already!!!!

Why in Gods name would the Swiss start to celebrate Christmas 2 months in advance? I dont get it. They are selling all sorts of Christmas foods, candies, decorations etc. Its not even November yet. Theres a big display with santa stuff and chestnuts and fake snow!

I find this completely stupid. Christmas isnt supposed to come this early, is it?

Got me a bit worried at first as I realized I hadnt bought any presents yet. Then I realized its not even Halloween yet.
In fairness to them though, the early start is at least partly because of St Niklaus' day on 6th December, which seems to mark the start of decorations being up and so on.

Otherwise i completely agree... with Christmas starting so early in the shops and streets, I am usually sick of it by the time it has arrived. I prefer it when the decorations are put up the weekend before Christmas and taken down quickly after New Year's Eve.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:32
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Wow! I was in Asia and Spain for 6 weeks.... So didnt see any of it coming. Honestly I thought it was december for a min. Had to rethink what the date was!

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Actually, the decorations were already up about two weeks ago already. You need to get out more
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So, no 'Black Friday' here, huh? Probably not a bad thing, considering...
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:34
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Some one told me that last year: The worse a store does during the year the quicker it gets ready for Christmas. I guess that makes sense.

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Compared to the UK, CH is years behind. Maybe they are starting early because the year has been a bad one (economically)?

Many shops only break-even or make a small profit over the whole year because of the Christmas period.

Calendar for Basel runs something like this, lurching from one "celebration" to the next:

New Year
Fasnacht
Easter
August 1st
Autumn fair
Christmas



Yup. And we have the autumn fair.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:35
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The Christmas lights were almost completely installed in Paradeplatz yesterday...anyone know when they are turned on ?
When it gets dark.....
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Oh Hey, Christmas is my favorite! But I was in Spain for 2 days and saw nothing like this. Also not in Germany yet.

I think in America we have rules as to when Christmas unfolds. First you have Halloween, then comes Turkey-Day, Then the day after Turkey-Tag you have an explosion of Christmas preparations.

I just find it amazing that we need 2 months to prepare for Christmas..... Seems like we would all be burnt out after 2 months?
Last year I was in Boston last week in October & it was Christmas in most of the stores.
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Oh Hey, Christmas is my favorite! But I was in Spain for 2 days and saw nothing like this. Also not in Germany yet.
Christmas foodstuffs in Konstanz were on sale when we were there two weekends ago.

The UK has had "book early for Christmas" deals in pubs for Christmas dinner since mid August. The local pub to my mum had the usual drab, half-hearted Christmas tree with Christmas menus strewn underneath from 1st Sept.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:40
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Thankfully here in warm Spain, we don't have this crazy non-sens out yet.

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, love, love, love. But in Canada, like CH, they get the decorations out even before Halloween is over and you stuck with Christmas decorations and christmas music for 2 long months!!!

At the end, Christmas is there and you are freaking sick of all of this already. it takes the magic and the fun out of the event.

It shouldn't start before December me think!
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Wow! I was in Asia and Spain for 6 weeks.... So didnt see any of it coming. Honestly I thought it was december for a min. Had to rethink what the date was!
Can't remember what month you're in? When the Swiss start Christmas decorations is the last of your worries mate.
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Since we're already on the topic, what's the best anti-Christmas place to visit during that dreadful time when everyone pretends to be merry? Must be within 3-4 hours flying distance.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:45
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Since we're already on the topic, what's the best anti-Christmas place to visit during that dreadful time when everyone pretends to be merry? Must be within 3-4 hours flying distance.
Iran, Saudi Arabia...
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Im not a college student like you so I dont have any calendar to worry about I guess?

Good luck on your exams.

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Im not a college student like you so I dont have any calendar to worry about I guess?

Good luck on your exams.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:49
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Since we're already on the topic, what's the best anti-Christmas place to visit during that dreadful time when everyone pretends to be merry? Must be within 3-4 hours flying distance.
Most households in the U.K. once the rest of the family and the mother-in-law arrives.
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Iran, Saudi Arabia...
You! infidel! You don't celebrate the Jesus Christmas?

Me? Ah no, no.. I'm not a big fan of these silly religious festivals you know..

<sound of chopping off head>

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You! infidel! You don't celebrate the Jesus Christmas?

Me? Ah no, no.. I'm not a big fan of these silly religious festivals you know..

<sound of chopping off head>

ouch.
Well Muslims do believe that Jesus (Isa) is a prophet so I don't see why Muslims shouldn't celebrate his birthday
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You! infidel! You don't celebrate the Jesus Christmas?

Me? Ah no, no.. I'm not a big fan of these silly religious festivals you know..

<sound of chopping off head>

ouch.
When I moved to Turkey, I was relieved to not have that crazy two months of Christmas decorations everywhere. I found out though that they do indeed decorate and celebrate with Christmas decorations for......wait for it..... New Year. I even saw Santa in their decorations many many times.

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I just find it amazing that we need 2 months to prepare for Christmas..... Seems like we would all be burnt out after 2 months?
Or we all need at least 2 months salary beforehand to afford the prices for decorations and gifts in CH!
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