Christmas in China: from karaoke to saxophone

How do the Chinese people celebrate Christmas? This post from The Washington Post tells you 8 fascinating facts:

Shopping, Karaoke and apple: Christmas in China

Shopping, Karaoke and apple: Christmas in China

According to the writer Max Fisher, in China,

1. Christmas is treated more like Saint Patrick’s Day or Valentine’s Day.

2. Chinese Christians still face restrictions against a Western-style holiday.

3. There is a “war on Christmas” in China.

4. Fancy, cellophane-wrapped ‘Christmas apples’ are a common gift.

5. Jesus who? It’s all about Santa (and his “sisters”).

6. In China, Santa Claus is often shown playing the saxophone.

7. Chinese state media now brags that China makes American Christmas possible.

8. A 19th century Chinese Christian leader claimed to be Jesus’s brother, then started a civil war.

Follow this link to read the full article.

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8 thoughts on “Christmas in China: from karaoke to saxophone

  1. Bill Hayes

    I have spent a lot of time in Japan and am always amazed at how they manage to embrace an alien custome and completely get it wrong. I have no problem with that. I find it endearing.

    Merry Christmas to you.

    Reply
    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Indeed, Japanese people are very smart at transforming the western culture. For example, I heard that women are to buy chocolates to men on the Valentine day. The Japanese kawaii (cute) culture is very influential. The East is so fascinated by the western culture, which is considered by many as a more superior culture. Traditionalists are worried about the western culture encroaching upon our lives. It’s interesting to see how various cultures meet and a new form of tradition created.

      We have had a quieter, English version of Christmas in the countryside, spending over 1 hour giving presents and giving thanks. It was centred around family and it was a rather restful time. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you too.

      Reply
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