Monday, December 14, 2009

The Christmas Season So Far

Christmas in China. We love it. Since this is a country that sadly does not celebrate the real meaning of Christmas we enjoy the concerts, parties and decorations by international friends. We do see the occasional Christmas tree in stores and decorations in downtown stores and even hear imported Christmas music played over and over again in certain grocery stores. "Frosty the Snowman" "All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" (the OLD versions) And some clerks wear Santa hats. One recent Saturday we were downtown and two men goodnaturedly laughed at Mark and called him "Sheng Dan Lao Ren" (old Christmas man)..their word for Santa Claus. And he didn't even have on his red hat..! Maybe it's the white hair and beard, do ya think?

Right after Thanksgiving we went out to get a tree in a little store in the busy center of Tianjin.
The first taxi driver refused to take us, but the next one had no choice as Mark stuffed the over six foot tree into the front window and we told the driver where we lived. Mark tipped the driver and he drove away contented and puzzled ....

The ECC always puts on a very cute program. I LOVE IT !!!

Here is Lily, adopted daughter of our friends the Kuritars, sitting in the rocking chair next to the
Christmas tree in our good friend, Melinda Ackermann's Junior Kindergarten room.