Ho-ho-hoping for a merry Christmas


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

Keshor Gobynathan, three, admiring a Christmas card.

IT is beginning to feel like Christmas as people start to shop for Christmas decorations for their home and workplace.

Among them was Elaine Stewart, who was buying a new Christmas tree for her home.

“I’m British so we always put up decorations on the first day of December and celebrate Christmas throughout the whole month.

Lu making sure Santa Claus looks presentable at the entrance of her shop in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, George Town, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The StarLu making sure Santa Claus looks presentable at the entrance of her shop in Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, George Town, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

“I was driving by and decided to drop by to get a new Christmas tree as the one I had at home was old.

“I’ve lived in Penang for 20 years and we still celebrate Christmas the British way.

“We will put up decorations at home, cook special food and drinks just for the celebration. We will also invite some friends over and have a great time together, ” the 52-year-old holistic health centre owner said when met at a shop in George Town, Penang, recently.

Logistics and landscape officer Nicholas Goh, 28, was also selecting Christmas decorations for his office in George Town.

A shopper is spoilt for choice as she inspects the numerous Christmas trees on the shelf.A shopper is spoilt for choice as she inspects the numerous Christmas trees on the shelf.

“I am here to buy Christmas materials to decorate my office.

“We decided to decorate the office a month before the celebration to create a better working environment.

“Besides, we want to get the celebration mood in the office, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Wan Lee Brothers Sdn Bhd person-in-charge Lu Siew Kheng, 63, said business had been slower this year but it was beginning to pick up.

Stewart is taking a closer look at a Christmas tree.Stewart is taking a closer look at a Christmas tree.

“We set up our Christmas counter seven weeks ago and are offering a 30% discount to our customers as business is a bit slow this year.

“I believe this is because Christmas this year and Chinese New Year next year is very near and people are more prudent when spending money.

“Some of them prefer to reuse decorations from last year and buy some new items to add on only, ” she said.

Lu added that reindeer with LED lights sold like hotcakes this year.

Goh checking out the Christmas decorations for his officeGoh checking out the Christmas decorations for his office

“Our gold reindeer decorations and reindeer pulling a cart are also out of stock.

“What’s left in our shop are the white reindeer.

“Many people like to buy the reindeer as it is fitted with LED lights and can be placed as a decoration both indoors and outdoors, ” she said, adding that people buy Christmas trees and garlands every year.

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