Yay for Christmas Lights

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Friday, December 3, 2010

I finally hung my Christmas lights this evening.  Since Thanksgiving, I'd been waiting until I felt in the holiday spirit, and this evening, I did.

Sophie took me to buy the lights at an underground mall the day we went to Yangzhou.  Because there's lots of pedestrian traffic in Chinese cities, there are underground walkways for pedestrians to use so that they don't have to cross streets at major intersections.  The underground walkways keep both auto and pedestrian traffic moving.  

Most of the walkways are pretty big inside, so there are shops and kiosks that sell clothes, accessories, and all types of tchotchkes.  I bought two strings of multicolored Christmas lights at a kiosk that sold small electronics.  Sophie's savvy shopping knowledge was essential, though, because if I'd walked past the kiosk on my own, I never would have guessed that it sold Christmas lights.

As is custom with selling electronics in China, the shopkeeper plugged both sets of lights into a power-strip he had lying on the counter to make sure they worked before he sold them to me.  His initial price was 20 Yuan for each set.  I knew this was too much, even without Sophie gasping beside me.  But I was so happy to have found Christmas lights that I told the shopkeeper I'd take both sets for 30 Yuan.  This wasn't my best bargaining victory by far, but the shopkeeper agreed, and I got my pretty lights.  As we walked back up to ground level, Sophie insisted that I'd still paid way too much.

While hanging the lights tonight, I broke one set.  The wire popped out of the back of one of the bulbs, and there was no way to reconnect it.  It's okay, though, because Jim wants me to take him to the same place so he can buy his own Christmas lights, and I'll buy another set when we go.  

I hung the one remaining set across my room from the top of the wardrobe to the top of the China cabinet.  The setup works pretty well, and the lights looks very festive hanging diagonally across my room.

Christmas light are one of my favorite parts of the holiday.

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