Merry Christmas!



Sheng Dan Kuai Le (Merry Christmas)

In China, Santa is known as 'Sheng dan lao ren' which means the Old Christmas Man.

While only a few families have Christmas Trees, a growing tradition is to exchange apples on Christmas Eve. Many stores have apples wrapped up in coloured paper or frosted in sweets.

The tradition of giving apples on Christmas Eve is called "Ping'an Ye" meaning peaceful or quiet evening, and comes directly from the popular carol 'Silent Night' which is most often heard on Christmas eve.

The word for apple in Mandarin is "píngguǒ" which sounds very close to the english word for peace. So maybe this year if you go carolling, take a frosted apple and help spread a little peace and understanding.

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