Wednesday, January 9, 2013,
Merry Christmas!... A little late, but never TOO late. If it's late enough then it's just really early, that's all.
Christmas in Asia, due to religion, is primarily a commercial holiday. Not sure of the actual terminology, but you know, the holidays that are there just so businesses can make money!
In the USA, Christmas usually means no school and lots of gifts, lots of decorations! In Taiwan, the biggest cities, Taipei for sure, have a lot more Christmas decorations than one would imagine! There are several large Christmas trees and blocks and blocks of Christmas lights on the trees! If it's not a family owned store, it will most likely have Christmas decorations as well. So apart from no houses having Christmas lights, it seems like the jolly ol' Christmas spirit is there! That is until you go to school on Christmas and don't get any presents. That's nothing to be upset over, though. Actually several of my good friends traded gifts with me, because they know it's a Western thing. Rotary certainly prepared me to know not to expect the same things, so I wasn't upset at all.
There are still Christians and Catholics in Taiwan, but from what I've seen they don't do Christmas like westerners. They might go to church, but they don't have Christmas trees, stockings over the fireplace, or cookies out for Santa Claus.
Hope you had a great holiday, no matter what you celebrate or how you celebrate it!