From Chinese New Year To Christmas in July? | Speaking of China

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  1. Sveta
    Sveta June 18, 2012 at 10:10 am | | Reply

    That’s actually interesting, but I can’t think of any scenarious where someone misinterpreted meaning of holiday or decorations. Closest one I can think of is the fact that my Korean ex thought that he wasn’t allowed to eat or try to some Jewish cooking.

  2. Laowai in Shanghai
    Laowai in Shanghai June 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | | Reply

    Now I finally understand why my husband is not in a hurry to take down Halloween or Chinese New Year decorations or even Easter , Birthday, or St. Patrick’s Day decorations.

  3. kelly
    kelly June 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm | | Reply

    Most of China holidays do not have a theme so perhaps that is a reason your husband wants to keep the decorations up.

    In the US, we can decorate for Valentines, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and whateverelse a person wants to celebrate.

    I miss US especially NYC. Living in Asia is great for the experience but there is nothing like NYC.

  4. Cvaguy
    Cvaguy June 18, 2012 at 8:47 pm | | Reply

    I keep my Christmas decorations on until passing Chinese New Year. There is a strict clergy calendar in Cathelic Church, but I want to honour Chinese New Year. I take day off on Chinese New Year every year, just to make a statement.

  5. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian June 19, 2012 at 6:51 am | | Reply

    Christmas in July? Interesting. But why not? Everyday is Christmas day or CNY if you are happy, otherwise what is there to say? But seriously, I too like to keep the CNY decos on till at the least Chap Goh Meh or the fifteenth day of CNY. And although we are not Christians, we sometimes do buy at least a small decorative Christmas tree and some decorative lightnings to celebrate the occasion. We Malaysians celebrate all the major holidays of the races here. But it can get to be embarrassing to keep the festive decos far beyond their day.

  6. April
    April June 19, 2012 at 9:55 am | | Reply

    At first I thought this post was kind of being mean to John. Mostly because I always feel heart-broken when the Christmas decorations come down haha, so I could understand him feeling sad if he’s used to keeping CNY decorations up all year long. I didn’t take down a lot of the indoor decorations until I moved to a new apartment in April this year. I took down the outside stuff, but inside is my space, you know?
    I’m not a Christian but I love family traditions, and maybe because I’m away from my family I feel like it (leaving xmas deco up) keeps the memories closer or something.
    About being embarrassed of what your guest would think… Well I guess I don’t really pay attention. My friend came to visit me before Christmas ’11 and then told me to take down my decos when we video chatted. my answer “but its pretty” (in a whiney voice).
    The tree of course I have to get rid of New Year’s Day or Jan 2, because I will only buy a real Christmas tree, and they die lol. That would probably be bad luck in Chinese.
    The whole decorating the day after Thanksgiving I didn’t understand, but I don’t decorate until like 2-3 weeks maybe before Christmas, 2-5 days if I’m feeling lazy.

    The funny thing is, with your insight to Chinese leaving CNY deco up all year, it makes me excited to go to China for holidays 😀 Sad right? <3

  7. Claire
    Claire June 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm | | Reply

    This really made me chuckle. It is sad to put them away – I always miss having the lights on at night. I’m not really superstitious but I think a lot of people try to take them down before the 12th night of Christmas. If you don’t, they should be left up all year!

    My Mum has a collection of singing soft toys/ornaments for my nephews and niece that she adds to every Christmas. I cannot tell you how glad I am to see them locked away every year, especially the singing trout! haha.

  8. alex lee
    alex lee June 20, 2012 at 7:47 am | | Reply

    preserving tradition is a good thing and oh by the way, the offspring of Chinese men and Caucasian women are really beautiful, Chloe Wang and Adrianne Ho being 2 good examples. Cheers !

  9. AG
    AG June 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | | Reply

    A new survey about Asian Americans. Mostly positive findings. Chinese Americans are the largest asian group now.

  10. Bruce
    Bruce June 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm | | Reply

    In my opinion, Asians need more testoterone to boost up our personalities and charisma!!! I wish more asian men can talk like we’re fighting then we can break most sterotypes :). Just acting like it is okay as long as we can break sterotypes :). We are taught to be gentle and show our abilities under the radar and that’s considered weak. I always like to see more asian men who are successful in their careers and physcially fit and get their hands dirty if they want to and be on top!

  11. Dan
    Dan June 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm | | Reply

    I noticed the survey did say younger people report discrimination at a higher rate than older generation. Also most Asians are new immigrants. I think it makes sense because most older generations are less assimilated. Therefore, they are less aware of all the problems. Recent immigrants also tend to work hard and strive to succeed as outsiders. They also mostly focus on education and economic success.
    Asian women are more assimilated than men. They are given more chances to assimilate.

    I will take these research findings with a grain of salt. Most new comers might also view model minority a good thing. Let’s hope there will be more researches reporting breaking the bamboo ceiling.
    Irish and Italians were once social outcasts. When will the day come for Asians (Asian men) not being viewed as outsiders (or perpetual foreigners)? Will America become color blind?

  12. Robert
    Robert June 22, 2012 at 12:34 am | | Reply

    I think John is right about keeping the Christmas decorations up into the New Year. It’s fun and festive to keep them up longer. In America, we are too pressured to move on to the next thing because we are so overmerchandized. We rush out to buy a Christmas tree after Thanksgiving and throw it out as soon as Christmas is over (we always buy fresh, never artificial). Something is wrong with you if you still have your Christmas tree and house lights up after New Year’s Day. Americans are too uptight about appearances. I’m the last one on my block (in Southern California) to take down the decorations and throw out the Christmas tree in mid-January (February, if it weren’t a fire hazard), and I like to keep the Christmas lights on our house until after New Year’s (and it’s not because I’m also a little lazy). Sounds like John’s a cooool dude and chillin’ out, watching his Christmas lights blink. I’m with him.

  13. Caseyorourke
    Caseyorourke June 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm | | Reply

    One thing I’ve noticed in both Jilin and Jiangsu provinces is that many small mom and pop stores and bars have Santas and banners saying Merry Christmas up all year round. The only place that I saw removed them was a new western style shopping mall in Kunshan.

  14. Gail
    Gail June 25, 2012 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    I love this Jocelyn! I’m so sorry it took so long to have you over!! Knowing this happened before I visited is outstanding, and completely understandable. I definitely believe you should start a Christmas all-year-long holiday, but I also understand the joy of opening up the box of Christmas every year.

    I truly hope your trip is going smoothly. I will try to come see you both when I’m in the midwest again!! Safe travels!


  15. Gail
    Gail June 25, 2012 at 6:27 am | | Reply

    Also…on a random note. I’ve had at least two “Christmases” where our decorations were up until April or May at least. It is not so uncommon, particularly if your family uses an artificial tree, is a busy family, and loves the beautiful lights….

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