Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015!

Some Christmas-y photos from our final month of 2015 in China.

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Chinese Sunday school kids sing at the annual Christmas party/show.

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We’ve appropriated traditional Chinese decorations as Christmas tree ornaments.

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Mulled wine, 2015.

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Every year we put up new door couplets and a new 福 at Christmas/New Year’s, right around the time people start thinking about getting ready for Chinese New Year. It’s actually a little early for this, as these are CNY decorations, but our family basically has a giant long winter holiday season from Advent through Chinese New Year each year.

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We played Santa around the neighbourhood this year with over 60 Christmas cookie packages.

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In exchange for the cookies, he gave our daughter a live octopus.

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Market panorama, Licun Daji, Qingdao, China

Standing on a bridge in the middle of 李村大集,Qingdao’s awesome-est traditional market:Market panoramaClick to view large size!

Who wouldn’t want to play with an octopus???

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The seafood vendors lends a hand.
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Late sun in an outdoor market, Qingdao, China

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Late sun in Licunji 李村集, Qingdao, China’s biggest traditional market.
More from this market here:
[Photo Gallery:] Licunji – Qingdao’s most epic market