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Merry Christmas!

Even though readers in Sweden will have to wait another seven hours, it is now Christmas here in Taiwan. I would like to take this opportunity to say something about both my stay here and my absence from the celebration I am used to at home.

To begin with, Christmas does exist in Taiwan, it just is not as big as it is in most Western countries. There is a quite large minority of Christians here, who of course regard Christmas as very important. I also assume that cultural influence from the United States plays an prominent role, much in the same was as for Halloween both in Taiwan and Sweden. However, Christmas is no official holiday, which means that it is business as usual for schools, universities and companies, even though signs of an approaching celebration has been visible for some time now, including a Christmas tree outside the library, appropriate music in shops and on radio, as well as the occasional exchanges of Christmas cards.

Personally, my Christmas will be very different from every other year in my life. For the first time, I am far away from my family, friends and relatives. Vanessa turned up here yesterday evening, so even though there will be no snow (it is currently almost 20 degrees), there will be plenty of jade to make up for it. The class on Christmas Eve is not cancelled, but instead it is moved to a class mate’s home, where we will have some sort of dinner and celebration together. Of course, other people are also invited, such as Vanessa and other people not in my Chinese class.

This feels like the best possible substitute for a traditional Christmas in Sweden. Although I will miss spending it with my famliy and relatives, I will still have people I like nearby and I am quite sure it will be enough. Besides, my parents will come to Taiwan in less than a month, so I am not serously worried about feelings of homesickness and suchlike. The fact that it really does not feel like Christmas at all  (mostly because of the climate) helps a lot, but I would lie if I said that I do not miss Christmas at home. Anyhow, I am sure that I will have a merry Christmas here anyway, so all that remains now is to wish you one as well: Merry Christmas!

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  1. Niklas’s avatar

    för tillfället har vi ganska lika mycket snö, även om förutsättningarna för att d kan komma lite under natten e aningen bättre…
    God Jul på dig o skriv gärna hur dom taiwanesiska prinskorvarna o janssons ser ut ;)

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  2. Emma’s avatar

    God Jul från snöiga Linköping:) Vi saknar dig!

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  3. Xhakhal’s avatar

    Minus femton grader och temperaturen sjunker stadigt, det ligger snödrivor scattered all over the landscape och tomten har varit här (i form av min bror, förvisso, men de minste blev lurade).

    God jul, fast du spenderar den i Kinaland :P

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