Joyous Holiday


If you grew up in a Chinese-American household (or had extended Chinese family like I did), you know that holidays can be a big deal regardless of religion.

Traditions of years past have have included the requisite dim sum breakfast and North Indian dinner, with occasional forays into pho and Burmese samusa soup.   Seeing restaurants in the Richmond District packed on Christmas Day is proof that the combination of food, family, and friends makes a holiday in this city more than anything else.

Our museum isn’t open on December 25th, but that doesn’t mean that Asia doesn’t know how to celebrate putting shiny stuff on a tree.

Adam Minter makes just this point in his blog, Shanghai Scrap.  For your culturally incongruous pleasure, here are 141 displays of arboreal enhancement.

I kind of want to offer a prize for the first person who finds me this project’s equal for menorahs–given Shanghai’s Jewish history, I was surprised to not find more pictures.  Anyone?

One Response to “Joyous Holiday”

  1. Carmelo  on March 10th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    This is why I like Surprising posts.

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