Those in Chennai certainly don’t mess around when it comes to Christmas festivities. This was clearly evident at the Le Royal Meridien hotel. Its Christmas tree stood at a staggering 35 feet, nearly touching the domed-shape ceiling of the hotel lobby. Indeed, onlookers think it may even be longer than the length of the chimney Santa Claus has to travel down! According to the hotel’s General Manager, Jennifer Buhr, the extremely large tree is traditional in the hotel; a custom that begun 10 years ago at the hotel’s first Christmas. Decorating the tree requires between 12 and 16 people but it is always fun.
As well, there is some religious input into the holiday at the hotel. A senior pastor from New Life Assembly of God Church delivered a prayer and message and thereafter turned on all the beautiful lights which sat beautifully next to the cotton-wool snow. He then inaugurated the “Gourmandises,” their version of a Ginger Bread House. It looks like it is going to be a very merry Christmas for guests in Chennai.