How to spend Christmas in China with your Chinese family | Speaking of China

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  1. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories December 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm | | Reply

    I just bought a tiny Christmas tree and am planning to make Christmas dinner – fortunately, it’s not all too hard to get the things I need for a simple Christmas dinner here in SZ (and I won’t need much, we usually have sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut for the 24th). Not sure what my in-laws will think of it though, since it’s so simple (they usually prepare at least 5 or 6 dishes for 4 people).

  2. lenore look
    lenore look December 17, 2013 at 5:04 am | | Reply

    Brava! My mom did the same thing, bringing her Chinese holidays with her to the U.S. Without her persistence and creativity, my brothers and I would have missed out on Chinese New Year, Ching Ming, Tuen Ng and Mid-autumn Festival. It’s important to keep and adapt your traditions wherever you are, it adds to the richness of life. Wishing you all the best during this holiday season!

  3. Rachel G
    Rachel G December 17, 2013 at 5:46 am | | Reply

    My family has spent many a Christmas in SE Asia, where my parents still live–it’s definitely different than spending Christmas in a country where it’s a popular holiday, but it’s very nice in its own way!

  4. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian December 17, 2013 at 6:57 am | | Reply

    Interesting to see how they will respond to the Christmas celebration you intend bring to and share with them.

  5. Lina
    Lina December 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm | | Reply

    For last year’s Christmas my MIL came to Poland to see my family so five of us – 3 Poles and 2 Chinese were sitting, eating, sharing gifts, decorating a christmas tree and went to midnight mass. it was something amazing for her, my husband is used to white traditions but for her it was the first time. even more – doing something like a ‘real family’ – my husband’s family is everyone somewhere else cannot make it on one date together so she forgot the feeling 🙂 I think that was most amazing from everything that happened that year 🙂
    cannot wait for a post how your Christmas in China ended up! 🙂 Merry Christmas 🙂

  6. Selly
    Selly December 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | | Reply

    Sounds good. I’m planning to keep things small with a Christmas tree and a few gifts. I got my other half an amazing gift and I’m quite sure his eyes will pop when he opens the box on Christmas Eve, as it’s tradition in Germany. Other than that maybe some shopping and just generally being a bit lazy sounds nice. I can use the time to tell my other half some stories about Christmas in Germany and as for a Christmas meal, I might attempt to cook something but it will be all Chinese as I don’t have a toaster oven or anything like that… Maybe next year.

  7. Sveta
    Sveta December 19, 2013 at 10:46 am | | Reply

    I don’t spend christmas in any shape or form. For me its just like any other day.

  8. Eileen黃愛玲
    Eileen黃愛玲 December 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm | | Reply

    In America, I gave my husband his first Christmas tree, which is interesting considering he is the one who is Christian. We are not doing anything special for Christmas this year. No tree. Nothing. Zip. We will just do our normal eating out in Shanghai. Although, I feel our days in Shanghai are numbered.

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. 🙂

  9. Sara
    Sara December 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm | | Reply

    Sounds like you will have a nice Christmas with your Chinese family. For me it’s going to be different, as my boyfriend will be away for work the whole week. We did exchange gifts, have the Christmas tree and some other decorations. I also listen to Christmas songs online, they always change the mood for better.

    One things I’m looking forward to do with my friend next week is to cook the traditional rice porridge that we eat on Christmas in Finland. It’s a must and easy to do even in China. Luckily I even have a small bag of cinnamon left that is needed.

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