Christ­mas is com­ing to town

The Jakarta Post - JPlus - - Between the Lines - WORDS & PHOTOS DONNY FER­NANDO

Vik­tor looked busy as he scaled the metal pole to put min­eral water bot­tles into a shaped wire struc­ture. Vik­tor, a mem­ber of the Pa­sun­dan Chris­tian Church in De­pok, was so ex­cited to see the re­sult of the church com­mu­nity’s hard work – a tall Christ­mas tree made of min­eral water bot­tles. “We built a Christ­mas tree made of min­eral water bot­tles to re­mind peo­ple about global warm­ing,” Vik­tor said, adding that the 10-me­ter-tall tree was built us­ing 5,000 to 6,000 min­eral water bot­tles. In the cen­ter of the cap­i­tal city, the Christ­mas com­mit­tee of the Jakarta Cathe­dral be­gan pre­par­ing dec­o­ra­tions for Christ­mas Mass on Mon­day. Samin is a reg­u­lar face who can be seen at the church ahead of ma­jor reli­gious fes­tiv­i­ties. The 69-year-old said he had been hired to main­tain the rat­tan pews over the past eight years.

Near the back row of the pews, a num­ber of parish­ioners solemnly prayed in front of a replica of the Pi­eta Statue, undis­turbed by the Christ­mas prepa­ra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

A stronger Christ­mas am­biance might be found in shop­ping malls across the city, wel­com­ing shop­pers who want to buy gifts for loved ones. Mall Cipu­tra in West Jakarta, for ex­am­ple, gives vis­i­tors a feast for sore eyes with a 30-me­ter-high Christ­mas tree.

Merry Christ­mas! Best wishes for the com­ing year.

MAIN­TAIN­ING BAL­ANCE: Vik­tor climbs the metal pole that has been shaped into a Christ­mas tree to ar­range bot­tles at the Pa­sun­dan Chris­tian Church in De­pok, West Java.

ONE BY ONE: Samin, 69, pa­tiently fixes a rat­tan bench in the Jakarta Cathe­dral in Cen­tral Jakarta.

BUSY TIME: The Christ­mas com­mit­tee at the Jakarta Cathe­dral started pre­par­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions on Mon­day.

REUSED WASTE: The Christ­mas com­mit­tee at the Pa­sun­dan Chris­tian Church needed 5,000 to 6, 000 bot­tles to build the Christ­mas tree.

WHITE CHRIST­MAS: It took three days to fin­ish the min­eral water bot­tle Christ­mas tree.

FEEL­ING GEN­ER­OUS: Many shops of­fer dis­counts to at­tract peo­ple who want to shop be­fore Christ­mas.

DEAR GOD: Church­go­ers pray in front of the Pi­eta statue at the Jakarta Cathe­dral.

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