[ 2006-12-25 08:24 ]
Christmas was brought into China several years ago and only
celebrated by a few people to begin with but it is now almost universally
In China, Christmas has been well received because the people already enjoyed
giving gifts to each other.
Santa Claus has been easily accepted by Chinese people - a kindly man who
carries a huge pack with red hat and black boots.
Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
Children write letters to Santa detailing their requests for Christmas gifts.
Gifts are traditionally opened on Christmas afternoon.
Stockings are hung up and filled with small gifts, fruit and nuts.
Christmas carols were first sung.
People like to kiss under the mistletoe.
Boxing Day is a unique holiday for this country. Boxing Day was traditionally
a day for giving to the less fortunate.
Christmas dinner is usually a Roast Turkey with Christmas pudding and mince
pies for dessert.
Christmas decorations must be taken down on the Twelfth Day after Christmas
otherwise it brings bad luck for the rest of the year.
Santa is known as Father Christmas.
It never snows at Christmas.
Christmas is in the summer holiday.
Christmas is always early.
A traditional Christmas dinner is often held in the backyard for BBQ's,
picnics in the garden or even on the beach.
A typical Christmas menu could include cold meats, pasta, salads and fruit.
Santa is also known as the Swag Man.
The first official Christmas was on December 25th 1788.
We do not follow the American ritual of having real Christmas trees.
There is a harmonious mix of ethnic groups, so there are many culturally
diverse Christmas celebrations.
People call the Christmas season the "silly season".