"Last Christmas, I gave you my heart and very next day you gave it away"... Music makes the time go faster and people are more excited about Christmas this year. Yes, Christmas is coming, the high shopping season is here. Hanoi is a city in which young people are crazy about fashion.
The piercing cold is giving them a chance to dress up. Living standards are improving and prices are up but shops have signs advertising sales or 30% off. There are lots of restaurant promotions for Christmas day and night. The last two years, we've always chosen Al Fresco's for acceptable food, friendly staff and free flow beer and wine for a good price. We arrived there at about 11.30am and finished our Christmas day at 8 or 9pm and everyone got drunk and had a great time. We may come back to this restaurant if they have the same deal as usual. Besides that, there are heaps of options to choose from, including hotels and restaurants but the price is a bit out of our range.
At the beginning of December, there are ads about Christmas everywhere, in front of hotels and shops. I love doing decorating so I went to the old quarter and did some shopping and will put it all up tomorrow.
I don't follow any religion but I am happy to go to the church for special events, go to the pagoda for Buddha's birthday and listen to the chanting or prayers.