Merry Christmas everyone! While Christmas here seems more like Sunday, December 25th than anything, the people made the holiday.
All around China consumer Christmas is starting to seep in, evident by the ridiculous 'trees' standing outside shopping malls and the identical Santa faces pasted on store windows, which really seem to say "Merry Christmas, come buy our junk" than anything.
As a surprise for Kevin, I decorated my room (which also doubles as the living room) with some snowflakes that Siri sent and a fake tree that I purchased at Walmart. It was a nice surprise and we had something to put the gifts under when packages started arriving :)
After talking to everyone we ate a quick breakfast (at around 3 pm) and set to work making mashed potatoes for the potluck at Erin's 2 hours later.
We had some coffee with Irish Cream, and Brendan sang us a Christmas song or two. And we chilled.
At the bar we hung out and listened to some live music sprinkled with Christmas songs. We also played a game which is the dice/Chinese version of the American card game "Bullshit". Everyone gets 5 die in a cup and shakes them. Then they go around guessing the number of dice that are a certain number (five sixes, ten fours, etc). You have to increase one of the numbers each turn, and only the person to your left can call "bullshit", at which point everyone reveals their dice and who ever is wrong loses a die. It's a really fun game and easy to play, even in a crowded bar. Especially with Chinese numeral hand signals.
Merry Christmas from China! Love,