I probably should not be surprised – it is not that long to go anymore. There are Christmas decorations popping up everywhere (well, as soon as Halloween was over, that’s when they started to appear) and all the supermarkets have stocked up on chocolates and other goodies.
I’ve been to my local Fusion market around the corner, and its entrance sparkles in red and gold. Lots of chocolates in all kind of shapes and from all countries – there are Hersheys, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and lots of Lindt bears and polar bears.
They also started to sell panettone cake (Patrick’s favourite) and I’ve seen German Spekulatius (but for a silly price of 44 HKD for a small package that costs maybe a fourth or a third back at home). But I’m still waiting for Lebkuchen, Stollen, Zimtsterne, Dominosteine, Vanillekipferl and the best of all: Printen (but without chocolate). So far those have not appeared, but luckily I have a secret supply (thanks mum!).
It’s bizarre to start eating Christmas goodies when looking outside – it still has 23 degrees in daytime. Lots of people are still wearing sandals (me included) and shorts/summer skirts/dresses. Only the locals have already switched to coats, jackets, long trousers/skirts and closed shoes… bizarre, now it’s finally a nice temperature not to break out into a sweat (although it will still melt chocolate, so be careful if you purchase any Christmas goodies now!).