The Christmas of Chinese (2011)

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Christmas ! Christmas !! What a beautiful word.  It reminds to all of us (I hope so) happy times with your family and friends . But have you ever spent Christmas festival in China?

I have!  So what could I tell you about Christmas in  China ? This is  like Halloween in France  Boring !!!

One thing is missing : true joy !

 

Christmas sounds fake in China!

 

Chinese  Christmas “celebration”

 

They celebrate December 24 in nightclubs or at KTV drinking with friends.

Let’s have a look to the sadest  Christmas tree I’ve ever seen. This was made  made with beer bottles 🙁

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christmas tree with beer bottles

christmas tree with beer bottles

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Other Chinese are more romantic, would stay with their chosen one for a second Valentine day. Why not…

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In the streets you will see very few Christmas decorations, except where foreigners live. Maybe you will find a Santa Claus but not a credible one. Just have a look at this guy !  « Oh oh ohMerry christm… »

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Chinese wanabee santa claus

Chinese wanabee santa claus

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In Wuhan, they are discovered playing saxophone in a huge bobsleigh.  Since when Santa Claus plays Sax? Can anybody tell me ?

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santa claus saxo

santa claus saxo

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To put it in a nushell the fantasy of Christmas is missing. The capstone of irony is when you have to work from the 24th to the 25th of December …

By the way  there are no day off  for Christmas in China.

Of course you will see some Chinese Catholics celebrate but only the most religious that is to say very few. But if you wanna cry seeing chinese catholic mess it’s up to you…

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catholic chinese

catholics chinese

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Conclusion:  in China  Christmas is only for business in China as usual. In the biggest cities, foreign brands trying to export Christmas products will use marketing and communication tools. But we must acknowledge that Christmas is definitively not their culture, as Halloween is not our. Retailers try to foster consumption and that is the only reason why you can seen malls decorated in Beijing or  Shanghai. But as the Chinese New Year arrives 1 months later, the interest for gifts is reduced.

Nevertheless Christmas means intense activity in China. As we all know China is  the main producer of almost all of our items for Christmas.

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Santa Claus is a capitalist

Santa Claus is a capitalist

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Santa Clauss’ workshop was relocated to China.

Indeed China produces 75% of the toys sold in the West, 75% of Christmas decoration items and 80% of artificial trees …

But you will only find these items in small merchant streets … but the atmosphere is a little … creepy.

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Everyone should now understand  that you better be in a western country at this time.  So Merry Christmas  for those who are already on the plane. For the lucky ones who will have to sing in an old Chinese KTV for Christmas eve what should I say ? Good night and good luck.

 

And you what about being in China for Christmas ?

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Just for you my special christmas gift. I wish you a merry depression.

And don’t forget to send me a comment or I tell the Lonely man troll you want to celebrate Christmas with him in Shanghaï.

 

Lonely man

Aritcles translated and edited from marketing-chine.com

Author: Olivier Verot

Interpreter: Vicent Rejon