- Some of the water trucks that play a synthesized version of the Titanic theme song now play a synthesized medley of Jingle Bells, We Wish you a Merry Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
- It's apparently cold enough for used-clothing vendors on the street to replace tank-tops with jackets. (To be fair, I have worn a cardigan a few times recently).*
- There is a GIANT inflatable Santa Claus on the roof of the Total station in Petionville.**
- You can buy Christmas trees (read: tree branches painted white and secured into milk powder cans) on the side of Avenue John Brown.***
- The larger supermarkets have set up real fake Christmas trees.
- Crime rates go up, especially pickpocketing and petty theft.
- Colored lights are everywhere, including our porch as supplied by our landlord.****
- The fancy shops in Petionville have Christmas-themed window displays.
- The expats with real salaries are preparing to leave for the holidays.*****
- Intricate luminaries made with colored paper are for sale on Bourdon. Vendors light them up at night and the street looks magical.
** Not yet. But, there are GIANT inflatable Santa Clauses to be found elsewhere. Like this one at the Coconut Villa Hotel:
***** This doesn't bother me anymore. I'm not sure why it ever did.