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Christmas Cruise with Jazz Happens

We started Christmas weekend with the laziest of intentions. Have fun. Don’t think too much. Don’t compare anything to America. I think that our attitudes were successful. Generally, my life is the opposite of what I’m about to say, but – low expectations led to high satisfaction this Christmas.

Our friend, Boy, picked us up and we drove to Banglamphu, the old area of Bangkok. There, we parked and boarded our vessel for the night. The boat itself was not spectacular, but that added to its charm. We were a party of 7 people, the largest party for the night, so we got to sit at the bow of the boat, outside the enclosed area with the band and open to river views of Bangkok lit-up at night. It was perfection.

The band wasn’t really jazz. It was a lot of Stevie Wonder songs, really. Luckily, I am up on my Stevie Wonder, so I was able to sing and dance from the comfort of the bow, where people would not be scared of the crazy-looking white girl, singing and dancing to Stevie.

I spent the night taking glamour shots of friends and gushing about what a wonderful time I was having.

It was a very merry un-Christmassy-but-nonetheless-wonderful way to spend the night and it was one of the very best times I’d had maybe ever. To see a such a vibrant city (that I love so much, have I mentioned that?) from the Chao Phraya River, all lit up at night, was its own special occasion, indeed.

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Merry Christmas from Bangkok! Have a wonderful time with family and please stuff your face with Christmas cookies for me. I’ve been seeing these little stuffed Christmas trees around and they’re pretty cute. It almost seems a little silly and futile, trying to make Christmastime in Bangkok like it’s Christmastime in central Illinois. Nevertheless, I’m singing “Step into Christmas” in the elevator (one of my favorites!) and finding fun things to do in Bangkok for Christmastime. This weekend, I’m planning on going to a restaurant owned and operated by the North Korean government, going to watch the Chulalongkorn University band play Christmas songs, going to a Christmas Eve service, buying myself a huge present – a gift that will keep on giving, and I’m even going on a Christmas jazz buffet nighttime cruise down the Chao Phraya River. I figure I have to keep things exciting and different.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas things anyway.

Christmas Lights above Thayer Street

Our little demonoid pup

The annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza

She's always cute, but she's not always sweet

What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder

Now go enjoy yourselves and your family!