Christmas in Hong Kong- Good Memories

Christmas in Horizon Suites lobby

Christmas in Horizon Suites lobby

Many people have asked me what Christmas was like in Hong Kong and really in many ways it was not so different from in Canada. The apartment where we lived for three of our six years in Hong Kong was always decorated to the hilt with a tree in the main lobby.

Poinsettias in Horizon Suites

Poinsettia in Horizon Suites

One year I counted nearly a hundred poinsettia plants lining the stairs and hallways.

Christmas Tree in Festival Walk December 2010

Christmas Tree in Festival Walk December 2010

The Festival Walk shopping mall always had a massive tree that soared six stories high. Millions of Hong Kong dollars are spent on designing and decorating the tree with a different theme each year. 

Party for Refugee Children in Hong Kong

Party for Refugee Children in Hong Kong

Just like in Canada, in Hong Kong Christmas was a time to think about others. Here is my husband Dave clowning around with a group of refugee children. One year we took some of our high school students to a drop in program for refugee kids from many different countries and we hosted a Christmas party for them with gifts, food and games.

Peninsula Hotel at Christmas

Peninsula Hotel at Christmas

All the buildings down on the harbor front were decorated with amazing light displays for the holiday season. I took this photo of the ritzy Peninsula Hotel in 2010.

Christmas Party 2007

Christmas Party with my students

Christmas in Hong Kong was party time. Here I am with my advisory group. They all came to our apartment for a Christmas party. We had food and games and presents.

dave and conrad at christmas party
Parents of one of our students hosted a big Christmas party annually for teachers at their home. Here is Dave with our host Conrad. The food was a combination of German and Chinese traditional fare representing the two nationalities of our host family. Betty our hostess had gifts for all of us.

dim sum lunch hong kong
Of course the weather was just a little different in Hong Kong in December than it is in Canada. We took this photo with friends after a Christmas dim sum brunch.

dave dancingOur school had a Christmas program. Dave was called on stage one year to participate in a dance during the drama class’ presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

tsim tsa chu
Santa made his presence known in Hong Kong too. He decorated buildings down in Tsim Tsa Tsui.
dressing up like santa in hong kong
Here I’m sporting a Santa hat along with two of my teaching colleagues.

christmas singing tao fong shan
Tao Fong Shan our church in Hong Kong had a Christmas Eve service where we celebrated the international nature of our congregation with Scripture reading and hymns, food and games from the dozens of countries congregation members called home. One year when our children visited we had a family choir and sang the German carol Lo How A Rose E’re Blooming.

yk and pillowGift giving and receiving was part of a Hong Kong Christmas too. One of my students gave me a pillow for Christmas because he thought the chairs in my office were too hard. A very thoughtful gift. chinese christmas ornament

Since moving back to Canada we have decorated our tree each year with Chinese ornaments we collected in Hong Kong.dave, tad , daniel at xmas party

The decorations remind us of the many good holiday times we had in Hong Kong. 

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