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Christmas in China

As the Christmas season comes to an end, I’ve had a few people ask about what Christmas in China is like. Here’s the short version of our holiday experiences.

On the evening of the 22nd, English First had its children’s Christmas party. The basic idea was that the children were divided into groups, and the groups rotated through a variety of activity stations, playing games or doing crafts. Nichole and I had the children make Santa beards from paper plates and cotton balls.

EF Kids Christmas Party

Interspersed through the activity stations were prize giveaways, and of course Santa had to make an appearance. (Nichole hand-sewed the Santa suit, by the way.)

EF Kids Christmas Party

The next night (the 23rd), we had a Christmas party for the adults. It took the form of a dinner party at a local hotel restaurant. It was much saner than the children’s party, but much fun (and a fair amount of alcohol) was had by all.

EF Adult Christmas Party

EF Adult Christmas Party

EF Adult Christmas Party

The 24th was a Monday much like any other. We had class as usual, with no real Christmas activities.

We had the 25th off of work. Since the 25th is payday, we finally had the ability to go Christmas shopping. Nichole and I headed out in the morning to look for gifts for each other and for the “secret santa” exchange with the other teachers. The hunt done, we went to the Bistro Champ de Ble for a Christmas dinner with the other teachers. We exchanged gifts and Christmas toasts, and had a generally grand time.

EF Teachers Christmas Dinner

EF Teachers Christmas Dinner

EF Teachers Christmas Dinner

And that’s about it.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. deb knutson | December 28, 2007 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for the great pictures and stories. Deb

  2. Erin Heiden | December 29, 2007 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Sam! Missed you at BIG OSE CHRISTMAS! But got hooked up with your website, so the missing is just a little now.
    Have a happy new year…both now and in about a month!

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