I'm a big advocate of Christmas celebrations. It's still my favorite time of year. Although China hasn't adopted this special holiday, there's still hope. With the advent of Chinese membership in the WTO, Chinese people will be exposed to a number of Western holidays. My guess is that they will adore Christmas.
My strong affinity for Christmas comes from my childhood days. In my hometown, we would prepare for Christmas by buying a big Christmas tree. If we were feeling a bit more adventurous, we would hike up the mountain and find one on our own. Adorning the tree is the next step. We'd use all kinds of adornment to decorate the tree, from pinecones and candy-coated angels to colorful Christmas balls and fake icicles. My dad was especially adroit at making small hand-painted ornaments. Since my dad's company was affiliated with a light bulb company, he was also able to bring home the most beautiful and colorful Christmas lights.
After decorating the tree, we would make small gingerbread houses out of bread and candy. These houses were aesthetic but not edible. It was always advisable to keep these appetizing houses out of reach of young children.
There is no adversity on Christmas day. Even the soldiers are adverse to fighting. Everyone is affable. Lovers are especially affectionate and they often show their affection by giving each other romantic gifts. Children usually receive toys as gifts. But my most memorable gift was not a toy. It was an aquarium, complete with an air pump to aerate the water. Raising all those fish was such an adventure for me.
What is my favorite holiday? All of these wonderful thoughts lead me to affirm that Christmas is without doubt the best time of year.