Being in Shanghai was a bit like being transported somewhere magical, where everything is glittery and sparkles, where you want to walk around staring at the skyline and where you’re not sure if you’re in Asia, Europe, or 3014.
It was lovely and while there is nowhere I would have rather been on Christmas morning then home with my family, waking up in Shanghai wasn’t exactly horrible.
I will write more about Shanghai later, but I wanted to share a glimpse of the city at Christmas time
Many people have asked me in they celebrate Christmas in China and the answer is…. sort of but not really. Everyone knows about it, they like the decorations and the songs, they like the idea of Santa but no one is buying a tree or exchanging gifts. It doesn’t really mean anything to anyone but they enjoy it anyways. Its also a “shopping holiday” which is tad depressing, but lots of people will go shopping on Christmas to get good sales and enjoy the decorations.
“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time as a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! – The Christmas Carol”
I hope that your Christmas, wherever you spent it, was lovely and filled with happiness.