Sunday, November 7, 2010

Already, really?

this morning we went to a mall close to our house. we actually both were not in the mood of buying or looking or fitting... but we went to the used bookstore, my favorite shop in the entire mall. you can get secondhand books for only 2 or 3 dollars; so thats how we fill our (free) bookcase! 
wintertime started this night here in the US, a week later than in the netherlands, so we were too early in the mall! apparently it opens at 12, but we were there at 11... :) had some time to wander around and saw my first santa claus and enormous christmas tree! oh my, already?!! he is arranging himself in the best position in front of the camera; because here you can sit on santa's lap and have your picture taken! for only (ugh) 24 dollars you get 2 photos, or something. the lady taking the pictures looked up at us a little disturbed, when we were taking some pictures, and later i saw there is an explicit notice that you should refrain from photographing santa with your own camera. bbbuuuggghhh! santa was actively waving at all little kids coming by, but i didnt see anyone that wanted their picture taken (you could also get a keychain, or ready-made christmas cards....)
as you all know, of course, santa claus is phonetically related to the dutch "sinterklaas", which arrives somewhere in the first half of november, and leaves, while throwing around candy and presents, at the 5th (or was it the 6th?) of december... we also have santa claus, but we call him "kerstman" (christmas-man).

6 comments:

Steffe said...

Way too early for Santa to come out from hiding I think. That second hand book store sounds like a great place.

Tim said...

yeah, he should get back under the rock he came from :)

Tim said...

is sinterklaas also phonetically related to pindakaas?

Tim said...

i think it sucks though, having your kids exposed to this shit already. They will be singing christmas carolls and wanting to put up stockings and stuff already, while xmas is still 2 months away

CaT said...

the bookstore is amazing! books like new, but prices soooo low there is no need to goto a new bookstore. also nice; your choices are dictated by whats available, which makes it a little easier, at least for me..

as for santa; i thought the kids were not too impressed with the guy.. its more like an overload, i would say and by the end of december they have had enough of him.

Birdman said...

PLEEEEEZE! Not yet. Don't send the world into a panic quite yet!