A Holly Smoggy Christmas Part 1: 济南


It’s a day after Christmas and I am sitting in Starbucks excited to share with you all the shenanigans that happened. This post will be broken up into two parts. Part 1 is obviously about my kids and the school’s not-so-christmas shindig. Part 2 will be about everything else.

I threw six Christmas parties in all with each one becoming more ridiculous as we went. We played several games and even had gift exchanges. 

I was going to do First Impressions on how Chinese kids celebrated Christmas, but I think I’ll write about the kids’ reactions to their Christmas parties.

                                                                 Kids Reactions to their class Christmas parties

1. They don’t understand the stealing concept in the white elephant christmas gift exchange. Some kids forfeited their chance to steal because they thought it wasn’t right.

Cecelia and Dora from Ninja Turtles class

2. Face the cookie game is tai lanfei le (wasteful) because many tasty cookies end up on the floor and in the trash

3.  The elephant trunk game is so much fun.

4. They love singing jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the waaaayyy. Oh what fun it is to ride in a oneblahblahblahblaheigh HEEY! They can never get that”one-horse open sleigh” part right. Even my older kids after two weeks of practice could never say it.
5. Chinese 3-4 year olds think the peppermint candy canes is too spicy and has lajiao (spicy pepper). Thankfully I had the rainbow sweet one for them.

6.  Shaun and a couple more of my Zootopia babies are petrified of glitter on people’s faces. I had to convince them that I was still their teacher and not a reindeer glitter monster.
                                                                                   The Not-So-Christmas Shindig

The School’s Christmas Party was an eventful night, but there was some strange things that I couldn’t quite wrap my head around. For example.

1. The clown. I got proof!!!

2. Kids posing with Snow White, the prince, and Santa Claus on the Red Carpet. Nice trio tho.

3. Me having to dance the Cha Cha Slide with the kids on stage…I don’t understand why our center didn’t choose a more festive song….or even asked us foreigners for advice….but remember the school never listens to suggestions..so it wouldn’t have made a difference. There are two parts to this song where our backs is turned towards the audience for like 20 seconds…LMAO

4. Pinocchio also made an appearance. I couldn’t get a photo but ill be on the hunt for it.

5. We couldn’t join the parents while they were eating and the school only prepared half cooked chicken sandwiches for us to eat. I couldn’t eat and I was STAAAAARVVVIIINNNGGG.. 

Anyway, this is what all went down on the school side of things during our white apocalyptic Christmas. During all these Christmas parties my immune system and my lungs were fighting for their dear lives as I couldn’t walk outside for some fresh air because it was non-existent!! I’m currently writing part 2. Look forward to that. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! For those of you in China, what are some strange things you have seen during Christmas?


3 thoughts on “A Holly Smoggy Christmas Part 1: 济南

  1. Believe it or not it sounds like an improvement… Our Christmas party in China involved Gunman Style dance- NOT EVEN AN ENGLISH SONG! No food at all, no seats for the teachers, and a Christmas tree falling on a student. Not quite the spirit of Christmas I’m used to. I hope you were able to make your own apartment feel festive!

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