Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Colombo.  It is rather surprising considering that this is a Buddhist country, and the percentage of Christians here is rather small- someone told me like 2% (don't quote me).  
However, Christmas seems to be a big deal here.  It is fun to see all of the decorations up, cashiers wearing santa hats, and retailers referring to this as the busy season.

Ben and I decided to go on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt.

It was such a fun date!  

We wandered around the city in search of the items on our list, in fact, there was only one item we did not find.  

Here are the results of our scavenger hunt.

1.  Santa Claus.  We didn't want to pay for a picture with Santa.  (Sneaky, huh?)

2. Reindeer. 

3/4.  Christmas Tree and a Star.

5.  Poinsettia.  I thought this one was going to be difficult, but artificial poinsettias were abound.

6.  Snow/snowman.  We did not find a snowman, but this display had plenty of snow.
Ben told me this picture was not the most flattering, but I was trying to look cold.

7.  Baby Jesus.  This is the only one we could find.  I am hoping one of the churches will have something a little bigger, but not so far.

8. CocaCola Christmas ad.

9. Angel

10. The Grinch.  
We couldn't find him.  We even went to MANY video stores, with no luck.  

I hope that wherever you live, and whatever you celebrate, you are able to find a way to enjoy it.


Nomads By Nature said...

Am loving the Christmas scavenger hunt through Colombo! I was shocked being their twenty years ago with Peace Corps to see decorations up in the hotels. Looks like they are going even more out of the way to decorate! Hoping you have a great holiday there!

Anne said...

What a fun activity, and I'm so glad they decorate even if the majority of them don't observe it. We're in a Muslim country and I've only seen decorations in the window of one store. That, and the fact that it's a million degrees outside makes it hard to get into the holiday spirit.

Liz said...

I think the guy in the orange shirt that is in the picture with Ben and the angel, could easily be the grinch! He certainly does not look very happy! LOL I love your scavenger hunt idea! Very fun!

jdc said...

What a perfect way to celebrate the season abroad! You guys are such a cute couple.

Bryn said...

What a fun adventure!!! I'm surprised you found so many items. I think we might need to copy you on this....see what we can find in Ghana.

The Teeples Times said...

Are you guys too cute or what??!! So creative and so fun!!

Just US said...

What a great idea! How fun!