Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Sheng Dan Kuai Le!

We wish you and your family a very joyful holiday! As you may suspect, Christmas 2007 will be very low key for us. No classes for me on the 25th, only because the holiday falls on my regular Tuesday day off. For the kids, it's a normal school day. I toyed with the idea of keeping them home for the day, but since there is no school scheduled on December 31 and January 1, there's really no reason to miss the daily fun.

The kids will open gifts in the evening of the 25th. Because they are not constantly bombarded 24/7 by the media with reminders of the holiday, they don't know it's Christmas unless we tell them! So Santa will arrive during schooltime. When we pass by the images of Santa, decorated trees, wrapped gifts and hearing holiday music throughout the city (commercialized Xmas vs Christmas - one would never see a publically displayed nativity scene here - but interstingly, one does hear the Christian themed holiday music along with the secular tunes), E. always lets us know that she is worried that Father Christmas (the local term for Santa Claus) won't be able to find her in China. We assurred her that he will find all the children who have new addresses this year! On the 26th, the International Office is hosting a holiday dinner for the foreign teachers and students to be held at a downtown hotel. Wonder what will be on the menu? All Chinese? All Western? Or a mix?

Enjoy the festivities! You are in our thoughts today. We miss you all, but we do not miss the snow one bit! Well, at least the big kids here are not missing it!

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