I remember when we moved to Shanghai five years ago being completely taken off guard by sellers in markets wishing me a ‘Melly Kissmas’ in early June! Now, after years of living here, I am totally used to seeing huge Merry Christmas signs, Christmas trees and lights all around Shanghai late into the Spring. As a matter of fact I will not feel settled if they were not there 🙂
Tonight we just came back from a sushi dinner with friends and around the place where the restaurant was it looked like Santa would be showing up any minute. Trees, presents, rain deer, the works! It has become a custom to turn the Christmas lights into Chinese New Year’s decorations, by adding , in this case, a few rabbits, a few lanterns, and recycling the lights. But no one seems to think of removing the Christmas signs, so they end up hanging around till mid spring and sometimes later.
But this is Shanghai and why we love it!