requisite holiday post

Someone ought to buy Bill O’Reilly a ticket over here. They love Christmas. Love love it. With their peepees, just so that’s clear.

There’s an English-language ad in this month’s that’s Beijing from a company called “ILLINOIS YOU LIFESTYLE” that demands that the reader “MARRY CHRISTMAS!”. There are jolly little Santa hats on all the Starbucks workers here, and enough sparkling and tinsel to precipitate a Pridefest.

Everywhere I go, after conducting my business entirely in Chinese, I’m wished a hesitant “marry Christmas” in English.

And I reply, “Happy Kwanzaa.”

Comments (7)

  1. Jon wrote::

    Somebody ought to buy Bill O’Reilly a smack in the mouth.

    Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 4:31 am #
  2. John wrote::

    How about a requisite New Year’s post?

    Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 12:34 pm #
  3. Chris wrote::

    Although you never HAVE to post, I am interested to know how things have panned out for you in China. So how about a requisite New Year’s post?

    Friday, January 6, 2006 at 11:42 am #
  4. jojo wrote::


    Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 9:21 pm #
  5. jojo wrote::

    oops..i wanted to hope u had a great newyear nite.
    but seems the site was sooo hotheaded.

    Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 9:23 pm #
  6. Dylan wrote::

    Happy New Year Brendan!!

    Remember me? Dylan from Harbin. Still here, pickled in a pool of Ha-Pi. Just thought I’d get intouch. Send me an email.


    Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 2:57 pm #
  7. Tian wrote::

    I celebrated Festivus and sent out Kwanzaa cards.

    Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:43 am #