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Christmas is a western festival and not a Chinese festival, but do you know that in fact about 100 years ago, there were some people celebrating Christmas in China. Today, let’s talk about the history of Christmas in China!
In the 90s, 19th century, because of wars there were some places in China that were concession/ foreign settlement. For example, Hong Kong at that time was the English concession and Shanghai at that time was the concession of the UK, France and America. At that time, Christmas was still something very new. On Christmas of 1982, which happened to be Sunday, there were thousands of Shanghai people going to see how Christmas was celebrated in the concession. Because it was very new, some people said that day was even more lively than Chinese New Year.
In 1979, when China started its economic reform, China started to open itself to the world. Western cultures and festivals then started to get more and more popular in China and more and more Chinese people started to celebrate Christmas. Nowadays in China, Christmas is actually more like a festival about shopping and having a party. Many shops, supermarkets and restaurants would offer discounts, and in many cities, Christmas trees would be placed. People don’t eat Christmas dinner like western people, but they would hang out with friends and eat out.
There is also an interesting Christmas activity, which is on Christmas Eve, people would give out apples. Because 苹 in 苹果（apples） sounds the same as 平 in 平安(safe/secure). Therefore, people would give apples to their families and friends, wishing safety and happiness to their families and friends.
How do you celebrate Christmas in your country? Please tell us in the comments!