Standing in front of the nativity scene we made in their usual dress-up attire.
Second son playing at Santa on his sleigh.
Singing Christmas songs.... If you know anything about our boys you will smile, as the one on the left still loves to sing and the one on the right loves to create music.
Under our "Charlie Brown" cedar Christmas tree.
Things have changed since then. While Christmas is still not a nationally recognized holiday in China, people have adopted some of the trappings of the season. They know about Santa, Christmas trees, and presents; but very few know that Christmas has anything to do with the birth of Jesus or who Jesus is at all. While chatting with my tutor yesterday, she said Christmas has become somewhat of a shopping event. And that it most especially resembles Valentine's Day with young couples going out to buy gifts for each other.
I don't miss the pressure or stress that can accompany the holiday season in the states; but I do miss the music, decorated homes, greenery, candles, smells, the warmth of Christmas greetings, and the remembrance of the Christmas story. It's a shame for China to receive all that is commercial in Christmas and none of the miracle and love.
In this modern, globally connected world if you were introducing Christmas into a culture, what would your focus be? Or would you do it at all?
Wishing you all that is Joyful and Meaningful in this season!