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Old 28.10.2011, 11:19
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The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

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.
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:22
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Consider yourself lucky. Some shops in London went all Chrismassy at the end of August
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:22
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

The UK is similar (I got some mince pies when I was in London a couple of weeks ago). However, the UK has Halloween (imported American commercial crap, without the fun American traditions which go with it) and Fireworks night between now and Christmas to take the edge off.
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:23
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Nearly Easter then.
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:25
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Wow, good point! My birthday will be here sooner than I thought!

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Nearly Easter then.
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:42
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

The Christmas lights were almost completely installed in Paradeplatz yesterday...anyone know when they are turned on ?
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Old 28.10.2011, 11:52
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

I think it's ace! We bought some lebkuchen the other day and it was just lush. I adore decorating the house for Christmas and it's something to look forward to. =D
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Hey Zuger,

It's not only in Switzerland. I was in London over the weekend and the same thing is going on over there too.
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Old 28.10.2011, 12:10
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

I think it's awesome. Makes the xmas break feel closer
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Old 28.10.2011, 12:46
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I think it's awesome. Makes the xmas break feel closer
No holiday around Christmas for me - except for the "normal" days off - which aren't great this year either (No half day 24th and not 25th)

Instead I have a week in the UK in November - and then 4 days in Hong Kong a week after that - yippee.

The bad Christmas news is that we have everyone at our place for Christmas this year - again. Catering for, um, 14-16 people.
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Old 28.10.2011, 13:13
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

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!
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Old 28.10.2011, 13:56
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Ilove Christmas and the cheer it brings. people seem happier it snows. Christmas in the USA was my favorite. Those guys go all out
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Old 28.10.2011, 13:59
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

Bah Humbug.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:10
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

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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!!!!
Actually, the decorations were already up about two weeks ago already. You need to get out more
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:11
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Ilove Christmas and the cheer it brings. people seem happier it snows. Christmas in the USA was my favorite. Those guys go all out
That's just nauseating.

Domestic violence increases. Road accidents increase due to drunk driving. Spoiled brats get more spoiled. Reindeer harangued into airborne mode schlepping consumer items. Need I go on....?
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:12
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That's just nauseating.

Domestic violence increases. Road accidents increase due to drunk driving. Spoiled brats get more spoiled. Reindeer harangued into airborne mode schlepping consumer items. Need I go on....?
I think a LOLcat is in order - before Ouchboy beats me to it!

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Old 28.10.2011, 14:15
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

It's because Halloween and Thanksgiving crap isn't clogging up precious store space.
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

this is why Europe needs a holiday in November like America has. Keeps the Xmas crap outta the stores before it's too soon.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:16
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Re: The Swiss Think Its Christmas Already?

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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? <snip>...
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

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The UK is similar (I got some mince pies when I was in London a couple of weeks ago). However, the UK has Halloween (imported American commercial crap, without the fun American traditions which go with it) and Fireworks night between now and Christmas to take the edge off.
Yup. And we have the autumn fair.
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Old 28.10.2011, 14:18
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No holiday around Christmas for me - except for the "normal" days off - which aren't great this year either (No half day 24th and not 25th)

Instead I have a week in the UK in November - and then 4 days in Hong Kong a week after that - yippee.

The bad Christmas news is that we have everyone at our place for Christmas this year - again. Catering for, um, 14-16 people.
I'm lucky enough to get the time between xmas and new year off...and the 2nd of January for some reason.
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