Christmas Shopping Spotted

 
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Myer Toowoomba 24/09/2013. I find this hard to believe...

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  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
What is so hard to believe?
It is all about the folding stuff.....$$$
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Christmas stuff comes out the day after Father's Day.   The next special day of the year.
  Lloyd1952 Locomotive Fireman

Location: Sydney, Australia
Harder to believe: running the train with the caboose not bringing up the rear.
Lloyd
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
I'm currently living in a Muslim country (UAE) and from next week I would expect to see xmas stuff in the shops.

Edit: I should clarify, there is christmas stuff and Christian focus christmas stuff with crosses etc, no we won't see crosses, just santa, reindeer, snow, trees etc
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Christmas stuff comes out the day after Father's Day.   The next special day of the year.
"Donald"


. . . interspersed with attempts to get the ghastly American custom of Halloween established as an additional money-maker.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
. . . interspersed with attempts to get the ghastly American custom of Halloween established as an additional money-maker.
Valvegear

Resistance is futile.. Resistance is futile.. Resistance is futile..
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Yep even out here 800km from a capital city we have xmas junk on sale at Crazy Clarkes/Chickenfeed/GoLo what ever its called this months $2 shop.....place has changed hands and names 3 times in 2 years.
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

Edit: I should clarify, there is christmas stuff and Christian focus christmas stuff with crosses etc, no we won't see crosses, just santa, reindeer, snow, trees etc
RTT_Rules
In that case, I wish the right-winged shock jocks/Murdoch press would stop saying that those countries do not celebrate Christmas then (sure may not be Christian focused, but still)

By the way, why are you in the UAE?

Black Hoppers, I thought all Go-Lo stores closed (one of the closures that Owen blamed the rail line for)
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Black Hoppers, I thought all Go-Lo stores closed (one of the closures that Owen blamed the rail line for)
Newcastle Express
Crazy Clarks, Sam's Warehouse, GoLo & Chickenfeed are/were all part of the same company, Discount Superstores Group. In recent times they dropped the latter two trading names. This followed their acquisition in 2009 by Jan Cameron, one of Australia most successful retail entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Our local Chickenfeed store became Crazy Clarks. We previously had a Crazy Clarks store that closed after it burned down...
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
In that case, I wish the right-winged shock jocks/Murdoch press would stop saying that those countries do not celebrate Christmas then (sure may not be Christian focused, but still)

By the way, why are you in the UAE?

Black Hoppers, I thought all Go-Lo stores closed (one of the closures that Owen blamed the rail line for)
Newcastle Express
It would appear that from what I have seen in various countries at xmas time, Australia lags behind Singapore, China, Japan and many other Asian but non-Christian countries.

Dubai is like Singapore in many ways, but unlike Singapore have laws that prohibit the promotion of other religions and even churches and temples etc are usually rooms in a building with no external symbols. I think Synaoges are banned and so certainly people carrying a Jewish passport, but you are allowed to be of the Jewish faith. However the are exceptionally tollerant to non-muslims celebrating their relgions and festivities. They even take part. You don't get people saying muslims should not wish merry christmas. Last year I went and picked up my car from Toyota on christmas morning,

- Paki Taxi driver who drove me there there wished me happy christmas
- Security guard at front of Toyota wiched me a happy christmas
- muslims (maybe local) at counter in Toyota wished me a happy christmas
- Fillipino lady at cashier office wished me a happy christmas
- Indian man who checks you have no debt owning before calling your car wished me a happy christmas

At work many non-christians said same thing including Emiraties who are muslim by law.

to say nonchristian countries don't celebrate Christmas is the biggest pile of crap around. Yes many do it lower key, like the part in India I was working, the process excusion alarm in the potroom was set up to play Jingle Bells on Christmas day. Quite weird to have this aluminium pot spiting, arcing a few megawatts and in the PA is saying "Santa through the snow, laughing all the way" while surrounded by Indians. Even in Saudi they have some Christmas stuff, but very limited.

The Malls in Dubai will have some santa stuff and decorations (I cannot remember how much), including santa on the chair (that you have to pay to send your kids up)

Why am I here, to start up an aluminium smelter. Recent Australian govts are quite happy for industrialisation to move away from Australia under the guise we are protecting the environment and had little concern for the value of the Australian dollar and what it was doing to industry and failed to cut spending which would have cut the dollar, the world however still needs aluminium so I work here, but would prefer home, but better than India.

regards
Shane
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
The trend actually seems to be the reverse. Countries like UAE will get into the Christmas spirit even though it's not really their thing yet in Australia primary schools aren't allowed to sing Christmas Carols or put up decorations because we might offend someone. Go figure...

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