Is anyone celebrating Christmas in Taiwan?
I can’t believe it’s not a holiday. I know that ethnic Chinese people don’t usually celebrate Christmas unless they’re christians, and even then I doubt that they really get what it’s all about. I mean it’s not about Jesus and it’s not just about crass commercialism. It’s about a whole month of excited anticipation, the cool winter weather, people putting up decorations, the annoying christmas muzak in public places, trying to find just the right gifts for friends and family, the office Christmas parties with lots of good food, then the real parties with those who really matter, then the big event, which sometimes lasts for a week or more, of gathering together and eating and talking and sharing memories, of cool new toys, of playing with the new stuff and going for adventures outside, and if one is really lucky playing in the snow, all the way through New Years eve, with the drunkenness, the hangovers, the resolutions that will soon be forgotten, and ending with the christmas trees out at the roadside waiting for the trashmen and everyone back home getting ready to return to work.
That’s what it means to me and I resent that we don’t even get one day off. I know they used to have a day off here, for other reasons, but the old grinch Chen eliminated that. So now we’re supposed to head to the office for just another regular day and celebrate Christmas for one evening. Whoopdeedoo.
I mailed Christmas cards to my family and today I sent them presents, but I haven’t done anything for myself yet. I think I’ll buy some pointsettas and some christmas lights, but then what? Should I ask for the day off? Should I hang stockings for Santa? Can he even find Taiwan?
What are you doing for Christmas in Taiwan?