It’s been a while…

We’ve been busy around here with life in China progressing without much thought of the Christmas season, which despite that fact is in full swing around the Muller household. Some people do celebrate Christmas here, but in a very different way. The young people usually go out to eat together on Christmas day, and most aren’t too sure why Christmas is celebrated. The Chinese word for Christmas is "Shengdanjie" and it translates as "A VERY Important Person’s Birthday". So the Chinese name for Christmas is a bit vague, but it does point in the right direction.

I am having fun sharing some of our Christmas traditions with my 6 year old student. Yesterday we read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and I showed her our new Nativity set, last week she helped decorate our tabletop Christmas tree, and next week we’ll bake cookies and sing carols. She likes all the fun, and I like it too! Leo is also enjoying all of these things, but he thought "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" was pretty boring compared to his Richard Scarry "Truck Book". Understandable.

We also participated in our first Chinese wedding this past weekend! That deserves a post of its own. It was a little stressful because Leo was sort of a "flowerboy" and the timing was a bit too close to his bedtime, but it was also beautiful. My friend Du Wen Yu married Gao Yi Xin, and they are clearly in LOVE.

More to come on many fronts, but for now, we wish you all a very joyful season full of good things!


1 Response to “It’s been a while…”

  1. 1 mjfalk December 10, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Well, we all know there is no Christmas without the celebration of the birth of the Child in Bethlehem—-Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, etc.—-do not say it—-kind of like “Have a nice day” instead of “Happy Birthday”—–when the date of your birth comes around once each year. And that measure of the essence of the thing applies to any country, anywhere, any time. So—-Merry Christmas and God Bless us-everyone!—-Glad to know you are keeping Christmas at home there in so many ways.

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