On Spending Christmas in China, and Missing the Holidays Back Home | Speaking of China

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  1. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason December 12, 2017 at 6:59 am | | Reply

    I spent one Christmas in Japan, one in Singapore, and three in Hong Kong. Since I’m not Christian, I didn’t really celebrate it in the US like most Americans, but I have fond memories of celebrating in Asia where it was a public holiday in all three of these places. In Japan I went to Yokohama’s Chinatown on Christmas Day and listened to Christmas carols in the car with my friends. In Singapore, I don’t remember what I did, but was with my parents and remember all the lights and decorations around the city. In Hong Kong, I went to Tiger Balm Gardens one Christmas with my mom and to a British restaurant that served Yorkshire pudding with a British friend another Christmas. The third one I don’t really remember, but I think I went out again with this British friend. She was far from home, too, and really missed her family on Christmas, so I was happy to spend the evening with her. The good thing about being an expat in Beijing is that Christmas is becoming more and more popular in China and being in a place like Beijing will give you the most Christmas exposure apart from Shanghai. It’s far better than being somewhere like Gansu province. Merry Christmas to you and Jun!

  2. Autumn
    Autumn December 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm | | Reply

    This year we’re spending Christmas in Los Angeles. There’s no snow, and it’s not even cold. And the white stuff falling down from the sky?

    That’s ash from all the California fires.

    So even though I’m in the U.S., I also feel envious of everyone back East.

    Like you and Jun, we’ll just have to create some different traditions.

    Because I don’t think you can sled on ash.

  3. Sarah Gao
    Sarah Gao December 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm | | Reply

    It’s been 5 years since I was home for Christmas too. I miss my family a lot at this time, especially since my Mum said it would be a really quiet one this year. She isn’t even bothering with the tree. I have some very fond memories of our mixed up Aussie xmases and my grandmother still cooking the traditional roast turkey dinner she knew from her life in younger years in the UK. Great memories and traditions I try to recreate where I can with my husband and his parents. My parents in law come every year to Beijing to celebrate with us even though they aren’t Christian and don’t really know too much about Christmas, I think it’s because they know how important it is for me to have family around.

    1. Charly
      Charly December 18, 2017 at 1:51 am | | Reply

      Hi Sarah.
      I don’t know you, but what you shared about your parents-in-law touched me to tears. They must really care for you if they do it for you. At least this is my understanding of their actions based on what I’ve read and seen regarding “showing affection in East Asia.”

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