posted on Dec, 17 2010 @ 09:06 AM
I'm more shocked it's in Abu Dhabi.
When I lived in Saudi Arabia, you couldn't find a Christmas tree for sale if you tried.
We actually did luck out though...there was a store that sold fake plants, and the owner didn't realize the significance of it, because it only had
the name of the type of tree it was mimicking, and didn't say "Christmas" anywhere on the box.
You have to understand the mentality over there though. It's go big or go home, when it comes to displays of wealth in those cultures. Not saying I
approve, I don't, but I know where they are coming from.
I personally don't have much to give, but especially around this season, I try to do so when I find the opportunity...and usually with homeless folks.
Like the other day, it was really cold here, and I was walking, so a homeless guy picking up cans in the cold, so I gave him a fiver and suggested he
get some coffee. Last night, a similar thing. My wife and I were leaving my work Christmas Party, and back to the car. We saw a homeless guy picking
through the trash, but wearing a Santa hat. How cool was that? Down on his luck, but also in the spirit....had to give him some bucks too. To me,
that's what this holiday is all about, and what really makes me happy.
edit on 17-12-2010 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)