It’s the holiday season

13 Dec

This year for some reason the Christmas decorations and music seem to be even more prevalent than in years past.  I’ve bopped to Jingle Bell Rock in the elevator going to see a client and heard Feliz Navidad while having lunch with a co-worker.

My local supermarket - do you believe it?

My local supermarket – do you believe it?

Lights and Santa Claus statues and all kinds of strange wrapped presents are on the street and I just got an email from Time Out Shanghai emphasizing the different Christmas markets this year – and markets is plural.  Starbucks has the Christmas drinks and even peppermint hot chocolate!

I showed this photo to a friend and she said that it looked like Kmart!

I showed this photo to a friend and she said that it looked like Kmart!

Visiting here, someone who doesn’t know about the culture of China would probably think that they actually celebrate Christmas here.

That is actually not true.

I hypothesize that if I stopped 10 people on the street and asked them what they think Christmas is and what it means I would get many different answers, but the probability of them being correct would be pretty low.  It is kind of like weddings in China – people do a lot of things that look like western weddings but don’t know what those things actually represent or the stories behind them.  I can get very cynical about this.

But, since I am going home for Christmas this year – instead I am enjoying the music and lights and decorations.  I am considering them my own personal holiday prep getting me ready for the real deal back in the States.  It’s the holiday season!

Happy Holiday!

The link above is to the song Happy Holiday by Andy Williams.  My first Christmas in China my roommate really loved this song and we probably listened to it 100s of times over the month of December.  It now has become a great memory and a true sign for me of Christmas.

Have you celebrated Christmas in a place where it is not traditionally celebrated?  What type of interesting traditions did you observe?

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4 Responses to “It’s the holiday season”

  1. abc in shanghai December 13, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    You too? I thought the same thing in e-mart, Carrefour and Yuyuan markets. I was just about to write more about this as well .. you beat me to the punch!

    • gkm2011 December 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Will be excited to see how you tee it up! This year it really seems to be all over Shanghai.

  2. sarahinguangzhou December 15, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    What really got to me was shops that left the decorations up all year round. Like they thought having a father Christmas picture up in July was nothing unusual.

    • gkm2011 December 15, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      So true! I remember going into a very local fish restaurant this summer and seeing a Santa. It made me laugh then.

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