Christmas in China

Christmas is usually my favourite time of the year. I love the atmosphere, the music, the decorations… pretty much everything (Christmas shopping crowds aside).

However, this year I feel oblivious to Christmas. I don’t feel the slightest bit Christmassy. I don’t think I would even know it is approaching if it wasn’t for the Christmas music playing in the malls and teaching my students Christmas songs. It’s a wideworld commercial holiday, and shops will forever take advantage of the opportunity to increase sales.

I have taken the opportunity this year for new ideas for ESL teaching material. Crafts and Christmas songs always make good lessons with young children! I made an advent calendar for my class and each day the kids take it in turns to open the new day’s prize (usually chocolates). The kids especially liked the Christmas crafts I did with them; they coloured in Baubles to hang on the class Christmas tree and made snowmen pictures.

I haven’t yet felt homesick in China, but nonetheless, I’m glad I am not too into the Christmas spirit this year. For me, Christmas is a time to be spent with friends and family; enjoying each other’s company and rejoicing in good will and spirit. This year I plan to spend it with new friends; eating the non-traditional Christmas meal of Chinese food. I think I prefer it this way. For me, Christmas is a time to be spent with friends and family; enjoying each other’s company and rejoicing in good will and spirit. This year I plan to spend it with new friends; eating the non-traditional Christmas meal of Chinese food.

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