圣诞节 (Shèngdànjié), Christmas, is a thing in China. Kind of. Only a small Christian minority (well, that’s still millions) celebrates it as a religious holiday. But then, as consumers worldwide have long known, there are many other reasons to get giddy about Christmas.
Some see Christmas as an out-of-place Western import, others as a great excuse for a fancier-than-usual date or perhaps a shopping trip. Indeed, the season’s deepest footprints in China are commercial, with many shopping centers going all out on discounts, trees, lavish lights and saxophone-carrying santas.
Christmas isn’t really associated with any particular kind of food, but many people like to give apples – perhaps with a cute peel-engraving, and in a neat box - to the near and the dear ones. “Apple” sounds a bit like “silent night” in Chinese, and they look nice and taste good, so why not?
And with that, Mingbai goes on holiday! See you in January!
Is there really such a thing as a Silent Night in Shanghai? Pixabay