As is my custom, Christmas decorating goes overboard in my apartment in China. Every year, 5 boxes of decorations are hauled down from their resting place on top of the wardrobe and unpacked for display. Wall hangings, stockings, light strands, tinsel roping, holiday stuffed animals, battery-operated and wind-up Christmas toys, table top trees, creche scenes, glass votives, window decals – It’s great fun to choose appropriate places for items to go knowing that my Chinese students, friends, colleagues and neighbors will soon get to enjoy them just as much as I.
My yearly Christmas Open Houses are something that I look forward to every year, so spending several days decorating for Christmas is never a tedious task. Students come over in small groups to enjoy the festive feeling of Christmas. My colleagues also have their own special visiting times. And friends and neighbors are always welcome as well.
This Year’s Christmas Glitz along the Yangtze
This year, a new apartment setting had me contemplating a bit more about how to decorate and where to put everything. After 5 days, the final result is quite spectacular, in my opinion. Even the passing barges and sampans cruising up and down the river are enjoying a winter show of flashing, twinkling, colored lights strung around my balcony.
At present, I’ve had 3 classes over with 5 more to go. The teacher’s gathering will be this coming Friday.
After all this hard work, getting in as many Open Houses as possible is a must.
While the photos don’t do justice to the overall atmosphere, here’s a visual journey through my Christmas wonderland along with a few student visits. Needless to say, we’re having a wonderful Christmas season here in my home, as you can see.
Ping An (Peace), all, until next entry!