Most westerners in Kuwait find themselves with much of Christmas week off from work. Often that time is paid. Not so for me. Both Christmas’s were optional days which would eat into my paycheck. My students were often surprised by this. They had both days off and Christmas wasn’t their holiday.
Still, the malls were decked out just like in America. Their sales hit the same days they did in the US, in Spain, in the UK. It’s that rather odd feeling of almost everywhere but in the Arabian desert, that rather odd feeling that everywhere can only exist at once in the Arabian desert. Maybe it is better described as a panto for modern times.