China has embraced Christmas. Shanghaiist knows this because last year on Christmas Eve we left a beer and a plate of snacks out for Santa (or his Chinese equivalent, Dun Che Lao Ren), and in the morning they were gone. Unless that was our roommate stumbling in from the Dragon Club at 6 am.
Unfortunately, China also seems to have embraced the disturbing trend found in many western countries of getting ready for Christmas far too early. Last week, Shanghaiist snapped this photo of a gentleman painting a Christmas message on Weihai Lu, three whole months before the big day. It’s clearly a ploy to get people into the shops and spending money as quickly possible — something that we would never stoop to. (Okay, one of us might).
Then again, it’s encouraging to see that this country’s former trend of leaving decorations up for the entire year is going by the wayside …
So, in case we’re the last ones to say it, Shanghaiist would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.