Living in Thailand as I have for nearly a decade, I enjoy participating in the myriad of Buddhist and Royal holidays that exist on the Kingdom’s calendar. I also mark many of the holidays that honor the nation of my birth — Phuket actually holds an ever-grander 4th of July party each year. But my favorite “Western” holiday remains Christmas and it is this time of year that I miss the traditions I was brought up upon the most.
Oddly enough, Christmas is vigorously celebrated throughout Thailand. While the Thais may not recognize the religious aspects of this most Christian of holidays, they promote the “fun” aspect of Santa Claus and decorated trees are quite common in numerous shops and public spaces. The malls play enough Christmas music that one become tired of hearing Bing Crosby and Band Aid by late November. Just like home!
In previous years, I found it quite difficult to buy a real Christmas card in Phuket. The shops are filled with New Year’s cards, however. Many of these depict His Majesty the King or a variety of traditional Thai themes and are quite striking. However, I have just noticed a small display of imported Christmas cards in one of the local book shops. These made me realize that it’s been several years since I’ve received one of these in the mail, complete with beautiful Christmas stamps affixed. Now that I’ve returned to collecting stamps, the absence of this part of the holiday seems even dearer.
So, I’d like to make a plea. Inspired by a blog on which the owner requests his readers to send him a stamped letter (he’s attempting to receive one from each country in the world!), I’d like to ask that you send me a Christmas card from wherever you may be.
I will blog about the cards I receive (along with the stamps on the envelopes) in much the same way that I write about my Postcrossing postcards. If you include your address, I’ll send you a card from Thailand in return. I’ll add some Muang Phuket Local Post stamps to the envelope as a bonus.
Please mail your cards to:
THANAPORN 2 GUESTHOUSE
8/1 SUTHAS SOI 2
T. TALAT YAI
A. MUANG PHUKET 83000
Thank you and Happy Holidays.