Many of my friends have asked if they celebrate Christmas here. They do! I didn’t expect some much Western and Christian influence in a Communist country. This is a brief walk around my neighborhood to view decorations. Of course, they are prettier at night with all the lights, but my photographs wouldn’t be. All of these were taken this morning, in an hour’s stroll.
Most of the decorations went up in the last couple days, but this one has been up for at least 10. Santa with a sax, the Holy Family, a red Christmas tree, bows and black plastic representing…..what?
A friend from the interwebs suggested
this article as explanation for the Santa with a sax.
“In China, Christmas is associated with Santa Claus as a saxophone player. This tradition stems from the popularity of a jazz-playing animatronic Santa doll mass-produced a few years ago.”
I also found this:
“The saxophone is seen as a very Western thing, and Santa Claus is seen as a very Western thing, so it’s almost natural that they go together.”
A hotel lobby. There are several small hotels/guest houses nearby.
Interesting combination: A Japanese restaurant with Christmas decorations in Viet Nam.
A surprising number of Santas with saxophones. Who knew?
It’s mostly businesses decorated, not private homes.
…and all the Santas are white with Western features.
There are huge sheets of foil to represent snow–something few of them have ever seen.
The decorations work better in some places than others….
No idea what’s going on with the decorations here, but it’s not working for me.
Since they have not seen snow, I’m not sure if they know that these are snowflakes.
All the Christmas trees are fake. There are no pines here, at least none like we see in the states.
This is a paper mache tree with a Jesus/Mary/Joseph scene in the middle.
One of the few trees in a private home that I’ve seen.