Today is Christmas Day , my daughter received her long craving Disney princess doll set from ‘Santa Claus ‘ and enjoyed her time all over the night.
what I can perceive from my knowledge is that Christmas is a religious holiday widely accepted in Christian world (Protestants,Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox) and people will spend their time with family which is most likely the same with what Chinese people do in lunar new year holiday. For the Chinese people, Christmas is getting more and more popular among young people since late 90s, celebration and party is everywhere nowadays , especially in first tie city , such as Beijing, you can see christmas tree in most of the public place, shopping mall, hotel and even in the native’s apartment who got children in family. Actually I think you can feel the hilarity on the street even more in Beijing than in a traditional western country at Christmas.
Basically, you can consider all the western holiday in China as a general valentines day and shopping day, which can be a perfect cause for dating without traditional family restriction, and the meaning of christmas is blurry, more of another 11.11 shopping day(http://www.beijinghangout.com/?p=433) , so if you like party with your friends , hangout with your lover, Christmas in Beijing would be a good choice with only one limitation – your wallet, at Christmas eve and the day, most western restaurant would be raising their price for profit, as well as some upscale modern Chinese restaurant, offering only a special Christmas menu which is basically the same food with higher price and a different cuisine name, I think this is only a practice way to circumvent the price regulation of the law. Anyway, all restaurant should be crowded, and wait in line for a long time.
Recently some controversy swirled around about prohibition of celebration of Christmas in college or official place , which is a reflection of shifting of current political landscape. Let’s see if all the light on the Christmas tree would be shut down this year or next year.
Merry Christmas !
PS. In Chinese culture and education practice, we are atheist and at same time a pantheist