I should have been expecting it. It's a month since the Christmas tree went up outside our local Orphanides Express, after all. And it was exactly this time last year when I saw the large tree near St Lazarus.
But still, it was a surprise when, walking into Larnaka this morning to check our PO Box, I rounded a bend and saw the tree:
With the glorious sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures we're having this year it seemed somehow even more inappropriate to put it up so early. But I suppose it is only a little over a month until Christmas.
It's exactly the same as last year's tree, right down (or up) to that somewhat bizarre star-ish thing on the top: