It seems that most other countries are bombarded by "American" culture, and know something about it. Heck, even the associates I am working with in Bangkok were wishing me a "Merry Christmas". I didn't know when to wish them "Happy Loy Krathong" or even know the appropriate phrase. Its not like we say "have a merry day" or "merry birthday"..."merry" just isn't in our day to day speaking... Here, tho, if we want to know something about a different culture, we have to dig and research to find info. So I'm sitting her reading your weather report. And thinking of the celebration of Christmas here, which combines images of a large man, lots of hair, clad in heavy red velvet clothes (WARM) clothes, driving a sleigh (assuming snow). We have Christmas jingles about sleigh rides and snow, and the whole Night Before Christmas poem, which portrays an atmosphere of winter and cold and snow. So, what do you guys do for this holiday since you're hot? Do you sing about a jolly, fit, young Santa who arrives in flip-flops and swim tunks? At least here in the states, even the southern states that don't get snow are still located on a physical continent that DOES somewhere when St Nick makes his round. Just curious.