3 Joys of Celebrating Christmas With Someone Who Didn’t Grow Up With It | Speaking of China

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  1. Eleventh Monkey
    Eleventh Monkey December 15, 2014 at 6:24 am | | Reply

    My husband is Japanese and to him Christmas (more specifically Christmas Eve) is also a kind of Valentine’s Day. It’s about couples, romance, and beautifully decorated, birthday-like (and yummy) Christmas cakes. We never really celebrated it the Dutch family-oriented way when we lived in Japan and the States, but now that we live in the UK and my Dutch family comes over for Christmas I’m trying to teach my husband about Christmas the Western/Dutch way. It’s fun.

  2. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary December 15, 2014 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    I have celebrated Christmas with my husband for several years now and I think the first Christmas we were together, my friend and I made a big deal of my husband putting the star on top of the Christmas tree. And from that year on, he has always put the angel or star on top of the tree.

    And my brother-in-law was so interested in Christmas the first year he joined our huge Christmas feast. He was taking pictures of the Christmas décor and was so interested in the cooking of the turkey. That year his facebook page was plastered with photos of Christmas as many of his friends hadn’t experienced Christmas before.

    So, I guess Christmas in Taiwan is kind of like the sharing of the holiday with others .

  3. Lina
    Lina December 15, 2014 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    I remember the time we spent Christmas with Momzilla – it was her first Christmas ever and I still remember how happy she was decorating the Christmas tree 🙂

  4. Sarah
    Sarah December 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm | | Reply

    It is wonderful sharing your lifelong Christmas traditions with someone who hasn’t had the chance to experience it before and I can’t wait to create some new traditions! I’m definitely thinking apple pie and custard on Christmas Eve 🙂

  5. Marta
    Marta December 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm | | Reply

    I am a boring person… I have never been very fond of Christmas and I have never celebrated it in China! No tree, no decoration, nothing… Well at least this year I will go to a Christmas dinner with my new colleagues, we are also doing Secret Santa and our office is so decorated it looks like a mall! They really made a great job (and spent a lot of money on lights and decorations!), I should take some pictures.

    Your husband being so excited about Santa Claus is so cute, hahaha!

  6. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories December 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm | | Reply

    When my husband and I recently visited Ikea and he saw all the Christmas decorations, he said that he’s going to decorate our home with lots of red once we’re somewhere more permanent.

    I’m looking forward to celebrating Christmas with my Chinese family in China. This year, we’re living out of suitcases, so we won’t be much in a holiday mood, but we plan on celebrating it next year.

  7. Timo
    Timo December 17, 2014 at 1:23 am | | Reply

    My wife never celebrated Christmas before as I stated already in another article. However each time we spent Christmas in Germany before with my family we celebrated it 🙂

    Starting next year we will try to create our own little Christmassy world in our apartment. THis year we didnt try as our little son would just try to eat everything around, not even the tree would be safe…

  8. Anna
    Anna December 17, 2014 at 8:31 am | | Reply

    It seems your husband really enjoys Christmas.
    Unfortunately, I cannot relate to any of those three points. I cannot find any joy in celebrating Christmas with someone who didn’t grow up with it.
    My husband has no feeling towards Christmas whatsoever. No matter how hard I try to explain it to him, show him, let him be part of our traditions, Encourage him to input some of his Chinese ideas… nothing. He couldn’t care less. But I have to say, that he is actually no fan of any holidays, even Chinese new year. Yesterday I asked him what if he would living in a country without Chinese new year, without all those holidays and traditions he grow up with… his answer: “I wouldn’t care”.
    So yeah, no joy for me here. I am longing to go home and celebrate with my mom, with good old German Christmas traditions…

  9. Yocelyn
    Yocelyn December 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm | | Reply

    I’ve actually never celebrated Christmas nor has my boyfriend. It something I never did growing up because of religious beliefs. During the holidays all that matters is that we are together and we have our relationship to look forward to another year.

    I think it’s great that you and your husband are combining both cultures to create new traditions. It’s really charming. I always enjoy sharing little things about my culture in my relationship. We learn to embrace the unique things in our lives like music. I think he is slowly developing a taste for Latino films and mariachi music.

  10. Hilary
    Hilary December 24, 2014 at 7:03 am | | Reply

    Christmas has been less important for me starting about ten years ago but I’m hoping to change that in the future, especially for our child. My relative gave us a book on creating your own traditions along with piles of ideas and that’s a start. It’s fun to figure out how to create traditions that blend our backgrounds.

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