Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Deco in China

Sue and Sophie went shopping today, and Sophie found this Chinese Santa Claus.  Many decorations are now up in some of the stores.  She had a playdate with Sue and some other Moms and had no nap today so she went to bed very easily tonight (so far - but the night is young!)
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... and another Santa Claus!  Sophie was completely in heaven seeing these Santa Clauses around.
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She loves riding on these mechanical toys.  It costs 1 quai (about $.14 US),so we spring for it because it makes her SO happy!
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The entrance to KFC was all decked out, of course because it has American roots.
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Secret Santa

Of all of my 120 students, only 3 people have not received something from their Secret Santas, so it has become quite a success!  People have received coffees and teas, socks, had their laundry done, and received Christmas cards.  They have received coffee mugs, candy, fruit, shaving kits, cologne, and paper roses.  They have also been very creative on delivery; sneaking items into dorm rooms, classrooms and laboratories, ringing doorbells and running, or finding a middle man to deliver the goods.

Today I asked the students to create plays based on all of the Christmas subjects we have studied; Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Christian beliefs, the birth of Jesus, the Catholic Church, Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Carols, the 12 days of Christmas, and the movie "It's a Wonderful Life".  They performed their plays today and they were very entertaining using many of the themes above.  We have a student party on December 23rd which I think will be an interesting evening.  We're not sure what to expect!


Bonnie Akers the Bus Driver said...

I just found a card you gave me with this website. It looks like so much fun out there. I hope Christmas is as popular there as it is here. Thanks for all the great pictures and stories.
Bonnie Akers Prescott, AZ

Catherine said...

Hope those chocolate filled calendars get there by then!

Sounds like you're having fun. Alex misses the boys. Prescott won't be the same this year.