The jingle bells are chumming everywhere heralding one of the world’s greatest celebrations proclaiming peace on earth and goodwill to all men.
Here in the United States, everyone is on edge with shops displaying the Christmas merchandise at breakdown prices.
Few people seemed offbeat by the radio and television announcement the other day that some eleven days from now (December 21), winter starts officially but by the way things are, it is as if it’s already here.
Many states in the East however are in the foggy bottom with knee-deep snow and residents waking up to clamped doors and snow-covered porches and slippery drive-ways.
With the festive season at the middle of the curve, one attraction is the state of Go-go music as a nightlife in all spots in Washington.
It’s a near-equivalent of Bubu music with vibration and all that.
The music became a political rallying point last April with complaints from conservative and snobbish residents who said the musical jive was too loud.
Municipal authorities sided with the go-go addicts noting that the music is a fixture of the neighborhood for decades and to scrub it off from the Washington musical scene would be like make the usual noisy capital as silent as a graveyard.
Now the beat goes on and the music is now a fixture making it the Washington type of Christmas.
One of America’s showpiece such as apple pie, cranberry sauce and Kentucky fry, is slowly edging out.
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The shopping mall has stumbled to a downward spiral.
Customers are turning in huge numbers to on-line purchases instead.
Shopping malls were part of the American dream in the 70s.
If you want to run into someone you’ve missed for ages, go to the nearest mall and bet you’ll find him or her shifting through the latest bargains.
Retail experts say many malls were in trouble long before the advent of online shopping anyway.
The nation’s first shopping centre opened in 1956 with the usual American fanfare.
Developers built 750 malls from 1970 to 2000 but by 2008, their numbers swelled to 1,100 when the US was gripped by recession.
In the economic trauma, Americans lost more than 8 million jobs, home values dived and stocks lost nearly half of their values.
Thinking of groups serenading in Sierra Leone around Christmas. Well we have ours here in the likes of the Vienna Boys Choir as they return for the annual holiday concert on December 13 to celebrate the magic of the season.
Although it will probably be a bleak winter, I would venture to attend, all wrapped up in garbs and a Russian foggy fur hat that would make me hardly recognizable.
Life in these United States – A woman in Utah, took her teenage daughter for a check up the other day.
The nurse asked the usual question including if she had had an STD.
“No”, said the teen, “We have a Toyota.”
Thought for the Week. – If you have three people in your life that you can trust, you can consider yourself the luckiest person in the world.
By Rod Mac-Johnson
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