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From the Archives: A Very Merry — And Chinese — Christmas

A Romantic, Chinese Christmas

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It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m just about to catch my breath from one marathon of a weekend. I posted my Christmas cards (more like New Year’s cards, since I doubt everyone will get them in time for Christmas), boxed up a batch of my homemade Christmas chocolates and cookies, and even made maqiu (sesame balls, similar to tangyuan) this past Friday to celebrate the Winter Solstice.

I’m beginning to understand why the Google Search Engine suggested “Christmas stress” when I tried doing a Christmas search the other day.

So, as this writer takes a short break (after all, I must dash off to grandma’s house this evening for Christmas Eve festivities), I thought I’d send you a little last-minute Christmas cheer in the form of Christmas posts with Chinese characteristics. Happy Holidays to you, wherever you are in the world!

How To Make It A Very Chinese Christmas. When you straddle two different cultures, sometimes, you wish your holidays did too. Add some Chinese flair to your season with these simple tips.

My Holidays Start With Five-Spice Turkey and Chinese Dumplings. In my home, I know it’s the holidays when cranberry sauce, hand-rolled Chinese dumplings and five-spice turkey hit the table.

China and Its Oh So Romantic Christmas. Christmas is oh so romantic — that’s what many young Chinese, like my husband, think of when the holidays come around.

7 Responses

  1. Sveta
    Sveta December 24, 2012 at 7:15 am | | Reply

    Never cared much for the holiday. Happy holidays though.

  2. airen
    airen December 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

    新年快乐。happy holiday.

  3. Laura
    Laura December 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm | | Reply

    Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

  4. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories December 25, 2012 at 9:12 am | | Reply

    I don’t care much about the Christmas songs and presents, I don’t even mind that I have to work at Christmas, but I do miss my family. I’m still happy that I could share this year’s Christmas with a very special person. Merry Christmas! 圣诞快乐!

  5. PhilipCaruso
    PhilipCaruso December 26, 2012 at 12:30 am | | Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happppy New Year, Everyone!! ^ ^

  6. aiyanxifu
    aiyanxifu December 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | | Reply

    An AM/WF couple here. He attibuted his success to his wife.

    Happy new year all.

  7. Barbara
    Barbara December 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm | | Reply

    Luckily I have mondays and tuesdays off so I could invite my bf’s family and my chinese friends for almost-polish Christmas Eve dinner this year. I was so happy that my bf’s parents came to our place despite the fact that it was so much trouble for them cause they live a bit far… I’m also glad that I could cook polish food for them and tell them something about our traditions (in Poland we eat carp for Christmas and keep the fish scales in our wallets for prosperous upcoming year – my bf’s parents really liked this custom ;)). It was a bit exhausting (I had to cook for 11 people!) and still not like real Christmas cause my family was not here but as for my first Christmas in China – not bad 😉

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