Ho Ho Ho, December is here and you are slowly preparing for Christmas. Every day you check the internet to see what gifts to buy for yourselves and the dear ones, and you plan in detail how to spend the days off.
But can you still do any of that if you live in China?
Well, kind of. You can still buy lots of things if that makes you happy, but it’s pointless to plan any Christmas activities, because there are no days off in China during Christmas.
It’s not hard to understand the reason for that – China is not a Christian country.
Most of the people from China know about Christmas just a little bit more than you know about the Spring Festival. They did hear about the old guy who dresses in red and wonders the skies to offer gifts to the children who drink Coca Cola- but you can’t expect to get a day off only for that.
Unsurprisingly, the only ones who seem to care about Christmas in China are the merchants who will try to seize any opportunity to sell you stuff. That is why the shopping malls are decorated with Christmas trees and smiling Santas, while websites and restaurants advertise with sales and Christmas specials – just like anywhere in the West, just it is not the West, if you get what I mean.
In conclusion, China is only partially a good place to be if you are a fan of the Christmas celebrations, but be optimist and look at the bright side. This year’s 25th of December falls on a Sunday, so you can spend the day at home – but that will be the exception for the next 7 years.
However, you will have 3 days off to enjoy during the New Year Celebrations (between Dec. 31st and Jan. 2nd). In addition to that, tell me, how many of your friends who live outside China will have an entire week off, between the 27th of January and the 2nd of February, when the Chinese New Year is celebrated? No one, exactly !
P.S. As I was writing these lines a friend of mine sent me a picture with the cake she was eating – you can see it at the top of the article